Wild rice is an intact grain, meaning that it includes the bran, endosperm, and germ. Partly because of this and partly due to the drying process after harvesting, wild rice is incredibly hard and takes much longer than other rices to cook. Even once cooked, it stays very firm and chewy.
The flavor of wild rice is earthy and nutty. This makes it ideal for pairing with fall vegetables like squash and root vegetables, especially when roasted.
We usually cook wild rice using the boiling method since cooking times and the amount of water can vary greatly depending on the quality, age, and particular variety of wild rice. It can often take more than an hour to become tender, though you can reduce the cooking time by pre-soaking the grains in warm water.
Look for wild rice in gourmet food stores - unless you actually live in the Midwest, in which case you can find it in the grocery store!
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