Story of this variety
Details of this variety are found in Pazhani copper inscriptions. It has been observed in farmers fields that during drought seasons the modern varieties completely dry and wither away. However, Vadan samba can survive without irrigation even upto a month. The dried up Vadan samba comes alive once the rains arrive. The yields may decrease because of this but however the crop is not completely lost like a modern variety.
It is highly suitable for preparing the traditional South Indian delicacies such as Idly and Dosa. Has high resistance to pest and disease. Also a highly drought resistant variety. Suitable for rainfed farming.
It is normally cultivated during Samba (between July 15th to January 14th).
Sandy clay soil is preferred for cultivating this variety.
155 – 160 days
It grows to a height of about 105 cm
Colour and Quality
The colour of the rice is dullish white and it has coarse grains.