Wild rice abundance reports show that harvesting season is approaching. Labor Day often marks the harvesting season of the traditional Ojibwe food staple. DNR Habitat Specialist Jason Fleener says people take on the activity as an effort to supplement their dietary needs.
“They’ve shown that wild rice, or true and natural wild rice has a lot more essential vitamins and minerals compared to white rice. So from a subsistence standpoint that’s very nutritious.”
Fleener says harvesters will know the rice is ripe when the rice kernel falls off the plant with a light brush.
Harvesters can keep track of date regulated waters and harvesting status through the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s wild rice website.