Hand-picked wild rice is generally regarded as the best-tasting wild rice on the market. The process of manually harvesting wild rice using basic hand tools and push-pole navigation is a custom that originated many, many years ago by the Native Americans.
The traditional methods that they utilized are still being followed today. The amount of wild rice that is harvested can vary from year to year, depending upon various factors that include the general weather during the growing period and the number of rice harvesters.
Commercially cultivated and harvested wild rice makes up the majority purchased in retail stores. Due to the efficiency of the growing and harvesting processes, prices are typically lower than hand-picked wild rice. Commercially grown wild rice is generally darker in color than hand-picked wild rice.
The harvest in central Minnesota for 2011 is finished. This year's harvest was described in interviews as fair to poor due to higher water levels in particular during the spring, when the wild rice germinates. The harvested rice converted better than last year, and yields of 48% were reported. Please email us for more information.