Cultivated wild rice usually comes from the United States, whilst ‘wild’ wild rice usually comes from Canada. What is the difference? Easy, how it is grown and picked. Cultivated wild rice is grown ‘wildly’ but planted and treated as a crop and then harvested, Canadian ‘wild’ wild rice, grows naturally, and is harvested by Native Canadian Tribesmen. Of course Canadian ‘wild’ wild rice is therefore more sustainable, provides employment to people that need it, and has a better flavour.