Wild rice is a tall grass that averages 1 to 1.5 meters in
height, but may reach 4.5 meters. Its grain grows in very loose
heads at the top of the plant and is dark brown or blackish when
Habitat and Distribution
Wild rice grows only in very wet areas in tropical and temperate
During the spring and summer, the central portion of the lower
sterns and root shoots (the white parts - only when tender) are
edible. Remove the tough covering before eating.
During the late summer and fail, collect the straw-covered
husks. Dry and parch the husks, break them, and remove the rice.
Boil or roast the rice and then beat it into flour.
Wild rice is still collected in some areas by beating the
seed heads over an open canoe and letting the bottom of the canoe
fill with the seeds.
Watch for any dark growths in the seed heads, as this can
be a poisonous fungus.