Wild rice is NOT rice at all but a member of the GRASS family! It’s a native long black grain of North America and was traditionally grown “wild” in isolated lake and river bed locations.
Wild rice holds its long shape with cooking and has a nutty texture. It is commonly mixed with other rices to create blends or mixed as an added ingredient to various dishes such as salads. You cook it the same as any other rice and can cook on it's own or mix it in to provide a bit of interesting colour.
It's not the same as Forbidden Black Rice!! Black rice is from the rice family. Historically grown in China, black rice is a short grain. The dark colour of the grain is primarily due to its dense anthocyanin content. Black rice is high in protein, fibre, iron and a great source of nutrients. The grain is slightly sweet with a nutty texture and is used more often than not as a rice base meal in many dishes. It is an easy substitute for white and brown rice in meals.