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Where can I buy Wild rice??

I've looked in a few places, and I can only find these teeny tiny bags for $5.

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  1. Wild Rice which isn't really rice is on the expensive side. Don't know if you have access to Trader Joe's or a Whole Foods Market, but higher end grocery stores will stock it.

    1. If you want to order online, Wilderness Family Naturals has very good wild rice. www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com

      1. Oh, I forgot to say that I am in Manhattan--and I still can't find wild rice?? I went to Whole Foods tonight, but there were 5000 people there, so I will have to go back at a less busy time. I need it for TG, so I will have to get it tomorrow. Thanks.

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        1. re: ejpnyc

          WF has wild rice, and it should be with the traditional rices. If you can find someone who works there amidst all the crowds maybe they can direct you, as some things may have been moved around for the holiday rush.

        2. Wild rice is often available in bulk if you have access to
          a store with a respectable variety of bulk products.

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          1. re: taco_belle

            I second this suggestion. I head to a natural food store with bulk bins and almost always find it.

            1. re: taco_belle

              Best not to buy it in bulk, as it is probably an Asian import or cultivated U.S. variety. True wild rice is grown in Canada, and would say "Product of Canada" or "Canadian Lake Rice" on the package.

              1. re: FlavoursGal

                It's also grown in the upper Midwest in the U.S. (most notably, Minnesota.) In Minnesota, unless it's 100 percent naturally-grown and hand-harvested lake and river wild rice, it must say "paddy rice" somewhere on the label.

                Another way to know if you're getting the hand-harvested, lake and river grown stuff, rather than the cultivated stuff, is the price premium you pay for the hand-harvested rice. Cultivated wild rice is very inexpensive, relatively speaking.

                There's a big push by Native Americans in Minnesota for a national labeling law in the U.S., but, they've not succeeded yet. They are also trying to protect wild rice, which is not rice, but a grass, from genetic engineering.

                ~TDQ

              2. re: taco_belle

                You'll likely get cultivated "wild" rice from the U.S. or Asia if you buy in bulk. Most true wild rice comes from the Canadian prairies (and will be marked "Product of Canada" or "Canadian Lake Rice" on the sealed package), or from northern Minnesota.

                1. re: FlavoursGal

                  There is no flavor difference between cultivated and "true" wild rice.

                  1. re: elegraph

                    There is a huge texture difference, howwver.

                    1. re: elegraph

                      Personally, I think the water the rice grown in does make a difference, but, really, the major difference between commercially cultivated wild rice and the truly wild rice from MN is the hand-harvesting (beating the rice off the grass with a stick) and the hand-parching over a wood fire that makes the difference in texture and flavor.

                      ~TDQ

                2. Trader joes has a GREAT Vacumm Sealed Cooked Wild Rice product. It's just at the texture (VERY al dente) where you can add it to foods and it retains its texture through another cooking (meaning it does split or turn mushy)...

                  --Dommy!

                  1. Thanks! Bought a wild/brown rice blend at Whole Foods. Making Wild Rice with Pecans, Currants, Dried Apricots for Thanksgiving.

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                    1. re: ejpnyc

                      Sorry to disappoint you, but the rice blends that contain "wild rice" never contain the true wild rice but, rather, the cultivated variety or the Asian imports (neither of which is as good as the real thing).

                    2. I'm glad you found your wild rice, but, for the sake of the search function, if you're interested in wild (i.e., non-cultivated) wild rice hand-harvested by native Americans using traditional methods, you can order it:

                      http://www.nativeharvest.com/scripts/...

                      You can also order teas, maple syrup products, and fruit spreads.

                      ~TDQ

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                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Oh, yeah! The wild rice from Native Harvest is amazing. Once you try real hand-harvested rice, you'll never go back to that cultivated stuff again.

                        Real wild rice is one of the (few) things that makes me glad I live in Minnesota. (Lilacs, the art car parade, and the absence of cockroaches are the others.)

                        Anne

                        1. re: AnneInMpls

                          Thanks Anne and TDQ for pointing out the "real" in wild rice.

                          Minnesota wild rice is an important economic factor for Native American Tribes in Minnesota.

                          If we are careful(or: care full) cooks and slow/whole/organic food buyers, we should look at hand-harvested wild rice as a preferred option. It really is superior to paddy rice, mass-produced.

                          Use the URL above to order, posters; you'll love it.

                      2. Lundberg Family Farms sells wild rice. I've never seen a grocery store that does not sell wild rice!

                        1. North Bay Trading at http://www.northbaytrading.com/wild-r... has the Canadian wild rice for sale and also the Minnesota wild rice. Whole Foods (in the bulk departments) has good wild rice too.

                          1. I think the best wild rice is wild rice harvested by hand by Native Americans. There are several tribes that sell this wild rice online. Here are two of them:

                            This is from the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. A former business partner of my father's in a member of this tribe.

                            http://realwildrice.com/home.php?cat=249

                            This next source is from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

                            http://www.llojibwe.org/drm/fisheries...

                            My maternal grandfather was 100% Swedish, but during The Great Depression and WWII he hand harvested wild rice in NW Wisconsin using a canoe. He and a friend did the whole process, gathering in the canoe, parching, treading, and winnowing. I heard stories from my mother about how most school days in autumn she and her siblings would walk home for the noon meal and eat wild duck with wild rice stuffing. It sounds gourmet today, but back then it was almost substinance living.

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                            1. re: John E.

                              I can enthusiastically recommend John E's first source; however, I've bought White Earth Reservation rice using a different URL (see below). The web site I've used is White Earth Land Recovery Project and Native Harvest Online Catalog.

                              The rice quality is excellent and the company is easy to deal with.

                              http://nativeharvest.com/

                              1. re: John E.

                                whoa thats the red owl logo! i work at the last (i think) operating red owl store in the country!