Friday, August 28, 2009

Canada Goose Wild Rice

A handful of Canada Goose wild rice from Fort Assiniboine, AlbertaAnother mind blow. Today Judy showed up with a bag of Canada Goose wild rice from Fort Assiniboine. This shocked me. Partly because it is an expensive, luxurious ingredient. Partly because as a child I was fed mostly potatoes, so rice always seemed exotic to me. (Wild "rice" is actually a misnomer: it's the seed of zizania grasses, which are not part of the rice family, though they are closely related.) Anyways, turns out it's indigenous to lakes across Canada and the northern United States.


  1. This reminds me of the mix up most folks have about Quinoa. Most people think it is a 'grain', but it is actually a seed full of protein thus, diabetics can consume it 'like a grain' b/c of it's low sugar content, and texture 'like a grain' !

  2. I think I understand what you mean. Grains are the seeds of grasses. Quinoa, though a seed, is not in the grass family, and therefore not a grain.

    The botanist and the cook obviously have different vocabularies. Apparently tomatoes are fruits and strawberries aren't really berries.

    I prefer the language of the kitchen. "Strawberry" sounds much more pleasing than "straw-accessory-fruit"...