Not actually a rice, but rather the seed of an aquatic grass (zizania aquatica
wild rice was once a staple food for the native peoples of the upper
American Midwest. It is highly nutritious (including, like Amaranth
, the essential amino acid lysine) and has a nutty flavor and a firm, chewy texture.
While "wild rice" is the name of the food, this wild rice is also actually harvested in the wild.
Both whole (less than 5% broken) and broken wild rice are available.
Broken wild rice offers the same great flavor and texture, but because
the outer hulls are not intact, it often cooks faster than
whole wild rice.