Canidae Dog Food Ingredients

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Canidae manufactures roughly 78 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Canidae ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Canidae uses roughly 200 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Canidae, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken
  3. brown rice
  4. pea
  5. cane molasses

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Canidae is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken, followed by brown rice, pea, and cane molasses.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Canidae does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 78 Canidae dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Canidae does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Canidae have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 200 Canidae ingredients. According to our data, Canidae does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 5 controversial ingredients inside Canidae products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

iron oxide
2 Recipes

Iron oxide is an FDA approved natural food coloring agent. It's commonly found in rusting metal and provides a reddish-brown color.</p><p>We believe food colorants are unnecessary ingredients in dog food. Other than potential harm, food colorants do not provide any nutritional value. These type of ingredients are used only to make the food look appealing to humans.

The following recipes contain iron oxide:

white rice
3 Recipes

White rice is produced by removing the husk, germ, and bran of rice grains. Unlike brown rice which contains the bran and germ, white rice is nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain white rice:

caramel color
3 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

canola oil
26 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Canidae ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Canidae Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ancestral
Avian Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ancestral Avian Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
First Five Ingredients
quail
chicken
guineafowl meal
duck meal
turkey meal

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
goat meal
brown rice
whole grain sorghum
millet

Canidae

Goodness
Real Beef & Oatmeal Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Goodness Real Beef & Oatmeal Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
chicken meal
oatmeal
barley
whole grain sorghum

Canidae

Goodness
Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Goodness Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
brown rice
barley
oatmeal

Canidae

CA-20
Real Beef & Wholesome Grains Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
CA-20 Real Beef & Wholesome Grains Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
turkey meal
oatmeal
barley
whole grain sorghum

Canidae

CA-20
Real Chicken & Wholesome Grains Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
CA-20 Real Chicken & Wholesome Grains Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
barley
oatmeal
whole grain sorghum
millet

Canidae

Goodness
Real Chicken & Barley Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Goodness Real Chicken & Barley Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
barley
whole grain sorghum
rice bran

Canidae

Goodness
Real Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs
Canidae
Goodness Real Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
turkey meal
brown rice
barley
whole grain sorghum

Canidae

Goodness
Real Turkey & Barley Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Goodness Real Turkey & Barley Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey meal
barley
whole grain sorghum
rice bran

Canidae

Goodness
Real Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Puppies
Canidae
Goodness Real Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Puppies
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken meal
brown rice
oatmeal
barley

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ancestral
Puppy Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ancestral Puppy Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
First Five Ingredients
quail
chicken
lentil
carrot
tapioca

Canidae

Pure
Real Chicken, Potato & Whole Egg Recipe For Small Breed Dogs
Canidae
Pure Real Chicken, Potato & Whole Egg Recipe For Small Breed Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
menhaden meal
pea
lentil
potato

Canidae

CA-30
Real Salmon & Vegetables Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
CA-30 Real Salmon & Vegetables Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
menhaden meal
turkey meal
pea
oatmeal

Canidae

CA-30
Real Turkey & Vegetables Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
CA-30 Real Turkey & Vegetables Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey meal
chicken meal
oatmeal
barley

Canidae

CA-40
High Protein Recipe With Real Beef For Adult Dogs
Canidae
CA-40 High Protein Recipe With Real Beef For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
turkey meal
menhaden meal
pea
barley

Canidae

CA-40
High Protein Recipe With Real Salmon For Adult Dogs
Canidae
CA-40 High Protein Recipe With Real Salmon For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
menhaden meal
pea
lentil

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ancestral
Fish Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ancestral Fish Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
First Five Ingredients
salmon
mackerel
pacific whiting meal
salmon meal
menhaden meal

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ancestral
Red Meat Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ancestral Red Meat Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
First Five Ingredients
lamb
goat
goat meal
wild boar meal
pork meal

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Lamb, Goat & Venison Meals Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Lamb, Goat & Venison Meals Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
goat meal
lentil
pea
tapioca

Canidae

Pure With Wholesome Grains
Real Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe
Canidae
Pure With Wholesome Grains Real Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
oatmeal
barley
millet

Canidae

Pure With Wholesome Grains
Real Duck & Brown Rice Recipe
Canidae
Pure With Wholesome Grains Real Duck & Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck meal
turkey meal
brown rice
millet

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Salmon & Oatmeal Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Puppies
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Salmon & Oatmeal Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Puppies
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
menhaden meal
oatmeal
brown rice

Canidae

Sustain
Premium Plat-Based Protein Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Sustain Premium Plat-Based Protein Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
brewers yeast
pea
soybean meal
oatmeal
whole grain sorghum

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Angus Beef & Barley Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Angus Beef & Barley Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
chicken meal
barley
whole grain sorghum
millet

Canidae

Sustain
Premium Recipe With Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Sustain Premium Recipe With Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
garbanzo bean
barley
pea

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Salmon & Barley Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Salmon & Barley Recipe With Wholesome Grains For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
menhaden meal
barley
oatmeal

Canidae

Sustain
Premium Recipe With Cage-Free Chicken For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Sustain Premium Recipe With Cage-Free Chicken For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
barley
pea
garbanzo bean

Canidae

All Life Stages
Large Breed Formula With Turkey Meal & Brown Rice
Canidae
All Life Stages Large Breed Formula With Turkey Meal & Brown Rice
First Five Ingredients
turkey meal
brown rice
pea
oatmeal
millet

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Chicken, Sweet Potato & Garbanzo Bean Recipe For Senior Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Chicken, Sweet Potato & Garbanzo Bean Recipe For Senior Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
sweet potato
garbanzo bean

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
With Fresh Chicken For Small Breed Adult Dogs
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Chicken For Small Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
pea
lentil
tapioca

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
With Fresh Lamb For Small Breed Adult Dogs
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Lamb For Small Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb meal
pea
lentil
tapioca

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Adult Dogs
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
pea
lentil
tapioca

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Puppies
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Puppies
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
lentil
pea
tapioca

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Chicken, Lentil & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Chicken, Lentil & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
lentil
pea
chicken fat

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Bison, Lentil & Carrot Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Bison, Lentil & Carrot Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
bison
lamb meal
sweet potato
pea
lentil

Canidae

Pure
Real Wild Boar & Garbanzo Bean Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Real Wild Boar & Garbanzo Bean Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
wild boar
pork meal
sweet potato
pea
garbanzo bean

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Healthy Weight With Real Chicken & Pea Recipe
Canidae
Pure Goodness Healthy Weight With Real Chicken & Pea Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
sweet potato
pea

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Lamb & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Lamb & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
chicken meal
turkey meal
sweet potato
pea

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck meal
turkey meal
sweet potato
pea

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Chicken, Lentil & Whole Egg Recipe For Puppies
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Chicken, Lentil & Whole Egg Recipe For Puppies
First Five Ingredients
chicken
menhaden meal
lentil
pea
potato

Canidae

All Life Stages
Lamb Meal & Rice Formula
Canidae
All Life Stages Lamb Meal & Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
pea
brown rice
barley
oatmeal

Canidae

All Life Stages
Less Active Formula With Chicken, Turkey & Lamb Meals
Canidae
All Life Stages Less Active Formula With Chicken, Turkey & Lamb Meals
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
turkey meal
brown rice
pea
oatmeal

Canidae

Pure Goodness
Real Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
Canidae
Pure Goodness Real Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
menhaden meal
sweet potato
pea

Canidae

All Life Stages
Multi-Protein Formula With Chicken, Turkey & Lamb Meals
Canidae
All Life Stages Multi-Protein Formula With Chicken, Turkey & Lamb Meals
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
turkey meal
brown rice
pea
oatmeal

Canidae

All Life Stages
Chicken Meal & Rice Formula
Canidae
All Life Stages Chicken Meal & Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
barley
pea
chicken fat
brown rice

Canidae

Small Breed Chunks
With Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy
Canidae
Small Breed Chunks With Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
modified tapioca starch
pea protein
carrot

Canidae

Small Breed Stew
With Chicken, Beef & Green Beans In Gravy
Canidae
Small Breed Stew With Chicken, Beef & Green Beans In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
beef
sweet potato
green bean

Canidae

Small Breed Chunks
With Chicken, Tuna & Salmon In Gravy
Canidae
Small Breed Chunks With Chicken, Tuna & Salmon In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
pea protein
modified tapioca starch
carrot

Canidae

Grain Free Pure
Puppy Chicken Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Puppy Chicken Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
dried egg product
pea
salmon oil

Canidae

Small Breed Shreds
With Chicken, Salmon & Pumpkin In Gravy
Canidae
Small Breed Shreds With Chicken, Salmon & Pumpkin In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
tomato
pea
sweet potato

Canidae

Small Breed Shreds
With Chicken & Tuna In Gravy
Canidae
Small Breed Shreds With Chicken & Tuna In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
tuna
sunflower oil
modified tapioca starch

Canidae

Small Breed Stew
With Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy
Canidae
Small Breed Stew With Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
beef
chicken
pea protein
modified tapioca starch

Canidae

Grain Free Pure
Lamb, Turkey & Chicken Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Lamb, Turkey & Chicken Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
turkey broth
turkey
chicken

Canidae

Grain Free Pure
Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
First Five Ingredients
salmon
fish broth
vegetable broth
sardine
mackerel

Canidae

Grain Free Pure
Duck & Turkey Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Duck & Turkey Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck broth
turkey broth
turkey
turkey liver

Canidae

Grain Free Pure
Lamb Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Lamb Recipe (Limited Ingredient Diet)
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
vegetable broth
lamb liver
pea

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
Small Breed Morsels Fricassee Style Dinner
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Morsels Fricassee Style Dinner
First Five Ingredients
turkey broth
chicken
chicken liver
turkey
dried egg whites

Canidae

All Life Stages
Multi-Protein Formula With Chicken, Lamb & Fish
Canidae
All Life Stages Multi-Protein Formula With Chicken, Lamb & Fish
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
brown rice
lamb
ocean whitefish

Canidae

All Life Stages
Chicken & Rice Formula
Canidae
All Life Stages Chicken & Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
dried egg product
brown rice

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
Small Breed Minced Bolognese Style Dinner
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Minced Bolognese Style Dinner
First Five Ingredients
beef broth
chicken
chicken liver
dried egg whites
beef

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
Small Breed Minced Pottage Style Dinner
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Minced Pottage Style Dinner
First Five Ingredients
duck broth
chicken
chicken liver
dried egg whites
duck

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
Small Breed Morsels Cacciatore Style Dinner
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Morsels Cacciatore Style Dinner
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
turkey
chicken liver
dried pea

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
Small Breed Pate Escalloped Style Dinner
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Pate Escalloped Style Dinner
First Five Ingredients
salmon broth
chicken
chicken liver
salmon
dried pea

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Petite
Small Breed Pate Terrine Style Dinner
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Pate Terrine Style Dinner
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
turkey
chicken liver
dried pea

Canidae

All Life Stages
Lamb & Rice Formula
Canidae
All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
vegetable broth
lamb liver
ocean fish

Canidae

All Life Stages
Less Active Formula (Canidae Platinum) With Chicken, Lamb & Fish
Canidae
All Life Stages Less Active Formula (Canidae Platinum) With Chicken, Lamb & Fish
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
brown rice
lamb
ocean whitefish

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats
With Bison and Pumpkin
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Bison and Pumpkin
First Five Ingredients
pea
sweet potato
vegetable glycerin
chicken meal
cane molasses

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats
With Rabbit and Kale
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Rabbit and Kale
First Five Ingredients
pea
sweet potato
vegetable glycerin
chicken meal
cane molasses

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats
With Sweet Potato and Duck
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Sweet Potato and Duck
First Five Ingredients
pea
sweet potato
vegetable glycerin
chicken meal
cane molasses

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats
With Trout and Pomegranate
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Trout and Pomegranate
First Five Ingredients
pea
sweet potato
vegetable glycerin
menhaden meal
cane molasses

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats
With Turkey and Apple
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Turkey and Apple
First Five Ingredients
pea
sweet potato
vegetable glycerin
turkey meal
cane molasses

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats
With Wild Boar and Cherry
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Wild Boar and Cherry
First Five Ingredients
pea
sweet potato
vegetable glycerin
pork meal
cane molasses

Canidae

All Life Stages Bakery Snacks
With Turkey, Quinoa & Butternut Squash
Canidae
All Life Stages Bakery Snacks With Turkey, Quinoa & Butternut Squash
First Five Ingredients
brown rice
pea flour
turkey
quinoa
butternut squash

Canidae

All Life Stages Bakery Snacks
With Wild Boar & Kale
Canidae
All Life Stages Bakery Snacks With Wild Boar & Kale
First Five Ingredients
brown rice
steel-cut oats
wild boar
kale
oat fiber

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Heaven
Biscuits With Bison and Butternut Squash
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Heaven Biscuits With Bison and Butternut Squash
First Five Ingredients
pea
potato
cane molasses
bison
butternut squash

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Heaven
Biscuits With Duck and Chickpeas
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Heaven Biscuits With Duck and Chickpeas
First Five Ingredients
pea flour
potato
cane molasses
duck
chickpea

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Heaven
Biscuits With Salmon and Sweet Potato
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Heaven Biscuits With Salmon and Sweet Potato
First Five Ingredients
salmon
potato
pea flour
sweet potato
cane molasses

Canidae

All Life Stages Bakery Snacks
With Lamb, Wild Rice & Sweet Potato
Canidae
All Life Stages Bakery Snacks With Lamb, Wild Rice & Sweet Potato
First Five Ingredients
pea flour
brown rice
lamb
wild rice
sweet potato