History & Culture
You probably know wild rice as a delicious superfood and a delicacy in North America. What you may not know about this rich, nutty cereal grain is that it also has a rich and cultural history in Canada. Wild rice is a naturally growing crop, native to the marshlands of Manitoba, and to bodies of water as far the Atlantic provinces. This ancient grain has been found deep in the layers of the crust of the earth as far back as 12,000 years ago. It has been a staple in the diets of many ancestral societies for hundreds of years.
The Ojibwa harvested this crop in late September. The person in the stern paddled while the others collected the rice. (Image Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada)
At Wild Man Ricing, we try to carry on some of the traditions of the First Nations by harvesting in a way that respects the plant and the environment.