Wild Rice grow on flood plain or swamps
Wild Rice, Eleocharis aristata, is a member of the Compositaceae or family of wild plants. Two species of this plant are also commonly referred to as wild rice. One of these (Zizanio Aquatica) has narrow leafy green leaves, somewhat shorter, with fewer flower heads averaging only about 16 inches in length, and leaves that rarely exceed 8 inches in height. The other species (Eleocharis dioica) has gray-green leaves; has flowers ranging from lilac to yellow-green, and flowers ranging from white, purple to blue. They grow on flood plain or swamps in the western United States, south through Mexico and Central America to the north.
This plant is an herb native to China, Tibet, and Manchuria. It has been used for medicinal purposes by the Chinese and Tibetans for centuries. It was used for healing in ancient Greece when you often used it to relieve fevers and loosen muscles when traveling on boats. Ancient Greeks drank it in large quantities, especially when touring the country. It has been considered beneficial for various health conditions, including hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney stones, constipation, gout, heart disease, eczema, hair loss, headaches, arthritis, piles, ulcers, osteoarthritis, bronchitis, varicose veins, and numerous skin conditions.
Wild Rice grows up to 3 feet tall
Commercial farmers have vastly underestimated the benefits of this plant because they fail to recognize the essential characteristics of an actual "wild" crop. Therefore, this plant contains no herbicides or pesticides and is safer to eat than most products sold in supermarkets. It is a good source of nutrition and contains all five of the primary vitamins (A, B, C, and E), magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium. It is rich in essential fatty acids, fiber, protein, iron, and antioxidants.
This plant is an attractive dark brown, slightly crumbly vegetable that grows up to 3 feet tall. It is tall, slim, and firm, with bright green leaves. Its long narrow roots grow from the ground in a tangle, making it difficult to pick but easy to cook. When stripped of its rhizome (the "tear of life"), it looks like it just came out of the ground, but once cooked, it loses a lot of its nutrients and becomes dry and fluffy rather than the crisp image that you remember from when you first cooked it.
The Rice plant is a perennial composite grass species native to eastern rivers and lakes in China, North America, and Japan. Two species of this grass are common. One (Zizanio Aquatica) has narrow leafy green leaves; the other (Cyperus rotundus) has narrow, star-shaped, waxy leaves with numerous white flowers that bloom late summer through fall.