Kalu Heenati (කළු හීනටි)

This variety of rice is named Kalu Heeneti because of the color of its lemma and palea which turn blackish at maturity. It is traditionally cultivated in Sri Lanka and produces a red medium sized grain.The plant develops to a maximum height of 120cm. This crop can be harvested within 3½ months from seeding. It bares 5 to 8 tillers per plant and the potential yield is about 30 to 50 bushels per acre. This crop performs well in the dry zone. Traditionally Kalu Heenati is used as a treatment for snake bite. Scientific studies have found evidence of medicinal properties useful for the treatment of diabetes, cholesterol and hepatitis. Further, it is a rich source of iron & zinc. Consumption with the bran is important in obtaining such valuable nutritional and medicinal properties.