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Manoomin ~ The Good Berry
 

An Historic Staple in the Ojibwe Diet
  Known as manoomin, which translates into ‘the good berry’ in Ojibwe, wild rice has played a major role in the lives of Ojibwe people. According to Ojibwe oral tradition, centuries ago the Ojibwe were instructed to find the place where "the food grows on the water" during their long migration from the East coast. This ultimately led them to the shores of Lake Superior and the northern inland lakes of the Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota where flowing fields of manoomin were found in abundance. Seen as a special gift from the Creator, manoomin became a healthy staple in the Ojibwe diet. When finished correctly, wild rice could be stored for long periods of time to be available when other foods were not. Besides being basic to the traditional diet, manoomin also developed importance culturally and spiritually and remains an important element in many feasts and ceremonies today.

Delicious, Unique Taste Treat
  Known for its unique nutty taste, manoomin offers a touch of excitement to menus with its unusual flavor and texture. As a dish, it can easily stand alone or be served in combination with a variety of other foods. Manoomin adds texture and piques the taste buds with its wild, nutlike flavor. Because of its relative scarcity and the labor intensive harvesting procedures, it is more costly than white or brown rice and is frequently classified with "gourmet" food items. While somewhat expensive per pound, a little manoomin goes a long ways – tripling or quadrupling in bulk when cooked.


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