Common name: Canada rice, Indian rice, water oats, wild rice
Ojibwa name: manoomin (meaning good berry)
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
Family: Poaceae (grasses)
Habitat: shallow waters of small lakes and slow-flowing streams
Origin: Three of the species are native to North America and one is native to Asia.
Zizania aquatica: St. Lawrence River, Atlantic coast of U.S., and Gulf coast of U.S.
Zizania latifolia: China
Zizania palustris: Great Lakes region
Zizania texana: San Marcos River, Texas
History: Native Americans harvested wild rice by standing in canoes and brushing the plants with wooden knockers. Several Native American nations, including the Ojibwa, consider wild rice to be a sacred plant.
19th Century tribal women harvesting wild rice in the traditional manner.
From The American Aboriginal Portfolio, by Mrs. Mary H. Eastman. Illustrated by S. Eastman. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co. 1853.
The wild rice most commonly used as food is Zizania palustris.
The Goddess Diet Plan recommends at at least one serving of wild rice per month, taking in account the season and local availability.
Wild rice is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).
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