The Chinese traveler Fa Hien quotes that when Lord Buddha visited Kapilavastu the villagers asked him for a gift. He gave them the grains of Kalanamak asking them to sow it in a marshy place. He is also supposed to have told them “the rice will have a typical aroma which will always remind people about me”. Buddhist monks used to carry this rice variety for consumption wherever they went and it increased their longevity. It derives its name from the black husk (Kala) and a mild salty (Namak) taste.
It is rich in 40 mineral salts. It is used to cure nerve disorders, kidney problems, cancer, skin diseases, blood pressure and diabetes. This variety is suitable for pregnant women.
It is normally cultivated during Samba (between July 15th to January 14th ).
It is cultivated in a slightly alkaline soil.
Colour and Quality
The colour of the rice is black and it has fine grains.
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