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I have always loved wild rice. A few weeks back, my DH emailed me <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/22/food/la-fo-wildrice-20100422" target="_blank">this article</a> in the LA Times. It is so interesting to read about how it is harvested and some of the ideas the author has for preparing it really made me excited about it.<br><br>
So I had to try it. I ordered a very small package from <a href="http://nativeharvest.com/" target="_blank">Native Harvest</a>. After reading their mission and learning about the harvest practices, boy did I feel good forking over money to them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
A few days later, my rice arrived. I stood there holding the small box in my hand, and I just felt like it was so special that I didn't know what to do with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> So it sat in my pantry for a week.<br><br>
I decided it needed something that wasn't going to drown out the flavor, so I just made a basic pilaf tonight. Red peppers, onions, garlic, oil, fresh parsley. And <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> It is a revelation! It was the most amazing rice I have ever tasted. It is so nutty, earthy, subtle. It smelled amazing while it was cooking and even when I just opened up the package. It's not chewy like store-bought rice. The grains really puff up and it cooked in...get this...20 minutes. The flavors were perfect. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I am in love with wild rice all over again. And what Michael Pollan says is true, if you know what kind of work goes into your food, it tastes so much better.<br><br><a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33018706&l=26902f2df0&id=29001559" target="_blank">Here it is</a>.<br><br>
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to discover or rediscover wild rice.
 

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I agree with you! My husband goes ricing every year so wild rice is a staple at our house. Last year was a good one and we got several hundred pounds of rice. We sell some, trade some, and eat some.<br><br>
One of my favorite ways to eat wild rice is for breakfast. We just cook it plain and then serve it with maple syrup and nuts. The neat thing about that meal is that it is completely foraged (by our family and friends) and native to our geographical region. Not to mention free--if you don't count the time it takes to harvest it.
 

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That looks so yummy!
 

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I have never tried wild rice, but would love to try it. I will have to see if the local HFS carries it. I wonder if I can grow it...
 
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