DESCRIPTION: Indian Ricegrass
is a bushy grass that grows in clumps. This grass has numerous uses and is
very hardy, even in a drought. Because of this, the Native Americans used
to gather the seeds and grind them into meal or flour. They would then bake
it into bread. It was a food staple for the Native Americans, especially when
the corn crop failed. The pioneers in the area also ate Indian Ricegrass (State
of Utah 2003). It can also be used to feed livestock while it is fresh or
dried out in the summer. The plant likes sandy soils and cannot live in very
wet conditions. It is hard to domesticate so most varieties used by the Native
Americans were probably wild (Sharp Bros. Seed Company 2003). The seeds come
out easily and are easy to harvest.
Copyright 2003 Northern Arizona University.
page was authored by Laura Caruthers