Canadian Wild Rice August 12 2014, 0 Comments

Many people have commented on our delicious samples since we opened our store at Lonsdale Quay. This week we have decided to share two summer recipes featuring our Canadian Wild Rice and Dried Lobster mushroom.

Canadian Wild Rice (L.Zizania aquatica) has gained popularity not only because of its incredible flavor and appearance but also because of its multiple health benefits. A little known fact about Canadian Wild Rice is that it is not actually rice. Rather it is an indigenous and naturally occurring semi-aquatic grass that can be found in the lakes of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. As its name suggests, Canadian Wild Rice grows without human intervention in the wilderness. It is considered around the world as the top Wild Rice product of any kind because of its flavor, appearance, and the fact that it is truly wild.

Similar to any other products that are sold by West Coast Wild Foods, wild rice has many health benefits. It is high in dietary fiber, which assists in digestion and lowers cholesterol. It is a perfect wheat flour substitute for people who are allergic to gluten as it is gluten free. It contains higher protein content than most other whole grains. It is also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron and Potassium.

Canadian Wild Rice has a unique full nutty flavor and a very nice soft to firm texture. It can be used in a wide variety of recipes, such as salads, soups, pasta and even stuffing.

 

Here is our mouthwatering wild rice salad sample recipe:

 

Ingredients :

1 x ½ LB West Coast Wild Foods Canadian Wild Rice

1 large onion

Local carrots

1 bell pepper

 2 tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic

1 Parsley leaf

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Direction:

  1. Cook Wild Rice; put rice in boiling water for 50-55 minutes (1.5 rice: 1 water)

  2. Sautee onion, local carrots and bell pepper

  3. Add butter, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley to taste

  4. Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy!

Another all-time favorite sample from the customers of West Coast Wild Foods is the homemade Dried Lobster Mushroom cream cheese spread (substitute with wonderful fresh Lobster Mushrooms when in season!) Lobster mushrooms have a distinct vibrant orange to red color, they look similar to cooked lobster shell and feature a strong full mushroom aroma with a hint of the sea. Either fresh or dried lobster mushroom can be used in our spread. To showcase the flavor of lobster mushrooms, we suggest serving this spread with relatively plain crackers.

 

Ingredients:

1 x 20g West Coast Wild Foods Lobster mushrooms

1 large onion

5 cloves of garlic

500g cream cheese

 

Direction:

  1. Rehydrate lobster mushrooms if dried mushrooms are used. Place in warm water for 20-25 minutes

  2. Sautee lobster mushrooms, onion and garlic. Let it cool

  3. In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese until it is no longer in a hard form. Add lobster mushrooms, onion and garlic; mix well and serve

 

We are happy to announce that wild berries will be available in the store this week. Fresh chantrelles and fresh lobster will also be popping up in our cooler at the store soon