Wild rice is the seed of an aquatic grass that grows wild in the lakes and streams of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and nearby areas of Canada. It is also cultivated in paddies in Central California, which is where most commercially available wild rice in most of the U.S. comes from. It was a staple of the indigenous peoples diet. It has a wonderfully deep nutty flavor, tastes great plain, topped with butter and salt, or in salads, casseroles, or soups. Best of all, it is super easy to cook.