It’s summer here at the home of Simply Native Wild Rice Cereal, and our farm in River Falls, Wisconsin is teeming with the fruits of warm sunshine, balmy air, and occasional rain. We snapped a few photos from around our farm and wanted to share these natural treasures with you.
Here’s a photo of wild hazelnuts growing on our farm. You can see the hazelnuts swelling in their frilly husk. Hazelnuts are related to filberts, and were used by the ancient Greeks to ‘cure’ baldness or coughs. We like it for its rich source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamin A, E, and folic acid.
This photo shows wild grape vine tumbling with unripe fruits. Wild grapes are usually found on streambanks, pond edges, roadsides, and in open woods. Besides making wine, raisins, and grape juice, wild grapes are an excellent way to boost your antioxidant intake. Grapes contain resveratrol that increase longevity, and wild grapes also contain vitamins B1, B6, C, manganese and potassium. The Vikings who came to North America around 980 called it Vinland due to all the wild grapes they saw that could be made into wine (and this is why liquor stores in Iceland are called Vinbuden).
Lastly, this field of Brown Eyed Susans in bloom never fails to brighten our day. As a species of the Sunflower family, Brown Eyed Susans are native to North America. Several Native American tribal nations use parts of the Brown Eyed Susan for reducing swelling, colds, flus, infection, and inflammation.
These native plants and fruits are an important part of the Simply Native philosophy: using ingredients that are indigenous to our land to fuel our bodies in the most natural way possible. We specialize in ancient foods for modern times with an appreciation for all that grows around us.