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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Naosap Wild Rice: More than Gourmet

Naosap Organic Wild Rice sent us some wild rice & wild rice flour to review. . .and what a treat!

I decided to try out one of her recipes with the product we received. But before I share a wild rice burger recipe, I thought it would be helpful for Wholly Canadian followers to get to know Naosap a bit better.

I asked Tracy, the owner, some questions. . .

What products do you provide?

Our main product is our certified organic, non-gmo verified Canadian, lake-grown wild rice. We do also offer wild rice flour, wild rice linguine and gift baskets.

What's your mission?

Our mission is to get wild rice into as many homes as possible.  While many view wild rice as a gourmet food, we believe it should be more of a staple based on its nutritional content.  It is also more economical than most people realize as wild rice triples itself when cooked, compared to "regular" rice which doubles itself.

Why should Canadians buy from your company? What makes you unique compared to your competitors?

We are unique because our family-based business is rooted in sustainability and quality. Harvesting wild rice is indeed an art that is not easily learned. My husband and his brothers have over 30 years experience harvesting; they know how to get the highest quality of wild rice. Because Naosap Harvest ONLY uses Anderson Brother's green wild rice for processing, we have the optimal control over the quality of our product. Our long summer days of sunshine produces a long, dark kernel that is sought after. Our customer service is second to none and we pride ourselves on that.

What does local living mean to you?

Local living is eating, working and "playing" using as many local resources as possible.

Where can Canadians purchase Naosap organic wild rice?

Wholly Canadian chose the above dish, Naosap organic wild rice, as baby's first rice dish at 18 months. See this post on why.

I decided to make Naosap's wild rice burgers that are both vegan and gluten-free.  But I did it with a twist incorporating:

See our adapted recipe here:

You have got to try this recipe with Naosap's wild organic rice!

It's power-packed! What amazed me most is the amount of protein wild rice has. . .boasting 7g of protein in a 1/4 cup. That's what makes these burgers so great. . .they're vegan with a healthy does of protein! You can feel good giving your family these wild rice burgers.

I'm also looking forward to trying the wild rice pizza crust recipe.

Naosap wild rice is simply one of Canada's great products.

My encouragement for Canadians is to re-think rice as Canadian. . .and choose local.

Have you tried Canadian wild rice?

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM


In response to your question of Have you tried Canadian wild rice? Yes i have .I grew up eating wild rice. My father worked at a wild rice plant for years and we always try to have it at thanksgiving and christmas.
September 26, 2014 8:38 AM By Wayne Lecoy
I've had Canadian wild rice before and I really enjoy it.
September 26, 2014 8:58 AM By Brad K
I didn't know that there was Canadian wild rice..go figure; I'm going to pass this info along and those burgers look so good, we love wild rice..I'm craving wild rice now.
September 26, 2014 9:25 AM By ginette4
Thank you for your fantastic review Lois. I am so glad your family, including your baby enjoy our wild rice. I love that you sourced local ingredients. :)
September 26, 2014 9:53 AM By Tracy Wheeler-Anderson
I've never tried wild rice but it probably is a lot healthier than the white basmasti rice I eat!
September 26, 2014 10:57 AM By Glogirl
I've never tried Canadian wild rice before, but I'm deffinitely intrigued!! Your burger looks delicious. I tried black bean burgers for the first time recently and i was totally wowed - i bet a wild rice burger is equally as impressive!
September 26, 2014 11:15 AM By Amber Y
I haven't tried any yet, but it sounds good. I really like rice in soups.
September 26, 2014 11:50 AM By nicolthepickle
I have never tried wild rice before but it sounds and looks delicious.
September 26, 2014 12:02 PM By Jana L.
An interesting read and I learned quite a bit. I have made black bean burgers before and we like them. I serve mine wrapped in bib lettuce. Your recipe and additions just might take them over the top for me. Love it. Thank you for sharing.
September 26, 2014 7:29 PM By Elizabeth Vlug
i have not tried wild rice. i like my white basmati
September 26, 2014 8:05 PM By MrDisco
I've had Canadian wild rice before - and that recipe for Maple Wild Rice Pudding looks delicious!
September 26, 2014 9:04 PM By Carla Barth
I have never tried Canadian wild rice before but will certainly look for it now
September 26, 2014 10:05 PM By Suzie M
I've tried wild rice before, but I am not sure if it was Canadian - It was really good however! It had a very unique flavor and hearty texture. I really like having it in soups and stews :-)
September 26, 2014 10:17 PM By Autumn Reid
I would love to try this, sounds amazing.
September 26, 2014 10:37 PM By A.s. Vermeulen
I have never tried wild rice. I especially did not know that there was something such as "lake-grown wild rice"! Very cool! I love rice so I would love try it one day.
September 27, 2014 3:42 AM By Jenn E
I have never tried Canadian wild rice before but it sounds very tasty.
September 27, 2014 7:41 AM By Victoria Ess
I taught on a remote reserve too-many years ago; the people (Ojibway) would go out to an even more remote lake at harvest time and bring back bags of rice. I didn't know then how it was processed, and really didn't try it until I returned to Winnipeg and found it (rarely) in specialty stores. It's an impressive piece of creation, this grass!
September 27, 2014 9:18 AM By Lynne
I have never tried wild rice but am wanting the chance to try wild rice produced in Canada
September 27, 2014 11:44 AM By Bons
i have not tried wild rice but i would i love that it's local
September 27, 2014 5:00 PM By charity k
I have had the pleasure of eating Canadian Wild Rice and I love Naosap Harvest's Wild Rice!!
September 27, 2014 7:25 PM By Christine Topley
I have tried wild rice, and love it! I live in NW Ontario, and am lucky to be able to buy it!
September 27, 2014 7:42 PM By Piroska
No, I haven't tried this, but it looks good. I often cook long grain and wild rice (mixture) and we love it. I'm anxious to try this! Thanks for letting me know of this product! :)
September 27, 2014 11:35 PM By Debbie Sherrer
I don't think I've tried it before.. but would love to!
September 28, 2014 2:19 AM By Nicolas C
I tried Canadian wild rice many years ago during my first trip to eastern Canada, and was quite fascinated by the harvesting.
September 28, 2014 5:40 AM By DianeG
no have tried it yet. thanks for the review! Will have to get some!
September 28, 2014 11:55 AM By Silvia D
Yes I have tried Canadian Wild Rice. I am more a fan of it than my husband. These dishes do look good.
September 28, 2014 12:17 PM By Diana Z
I haven't tried Canadian wild rice but have been hearing a ton of great things about Naosap rice! Thanks for the awesome article!
September 28, 2014 8:01 PM By Rebby
I never tried it! But I'd like to!
September 28, 2014 8:41 PM By Karine
a very different taste, really nice
September 28, 2014 9:01 PM By Scott Robertson
I had tried wild rice before and I really like it.
September 28, 2014 10:50 PM By Tina L.
no have never tried it!
September 29, 2014 4:48 AM By Doris Calvert
I wasn't even aware of Canadian wild rice! would try
September 29, 2014 6:59 AM By Maria Mclachlan
I haven't tried the Canadian wild rice . i also wasn't aware this , but would like to try it out :)
September 29, 2014 9:45 AM By Treen Goodwin
No sorry, I'm a meat and potatoes kind of guy.
September 29, 2014 12:43 PM By Gary Smith
I have not tried it but now that I know about it, I will be trying it
September 29, 2014 1:17 PM By Belinda Swim
I have never tried Canadian wild rice , I would love .
September 29, 2014 1:43 PM By jasna malobabic
yes i've tried wild rice and it was so tasty ..loved it
September 29, 2014 4:23 PM By Bernice
Lately I've seen a lot about Canadian Wild rice, would love to try
September 29, 2014 9:19 PM By Becky Clarke
Wild rice has been a staple in my family for decades!
September 30, 2014 10:04 AM By Lorraine Orton
I've had Canadian Wild Rice a few times now. I love it.
September 30, 2014 2:04 PM By Brenda Penton
I have not tried it but what a huge bag. I like wild rice the best. first I have heard of this Canadian rice.
September 30, 2014 3:49 PM By Chandra O'Connor
This rice sounds delicious. Definitely on my shopping list.
September 30, 2014 7:20 PM By Jolie
I've never tried wild rice but it probably is a lot healthier
October 1, 2014 3:48 AM By Barbie Squires
I LOVE wild rice and just ordered 5 lbs for our family, 2lbs for my visiting family next week and 1 lb for a gift basket. Wild Rice Casserole next week for sure!
October 1, 2014 10:13 AM By Kelly
Those wild rice burgers look so delicious that I hope to make them.
October 5, 2014 9:39 PM By Linda Hoeppner
To be honest, I did not know there was such a thing as "Canadian" rice!! :O
January 20, 2015 1:54 PM By InezbyDesign

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