In ancient times, long before the introduction of hybrids rice varieties, over 400 different varieties of rice is said to have been grown all over Sri Lanka.
At present, only a few strains of rice is widely grown and the majority of them are fertilizer dependent hybrids.
A few rice varieties that are cultivated on a very limited basis include;
|Kalu Heenati||–||A red rice with dark, fine grains|
|Murungakayan||–||A type of red rice with a high nutritional value|
|Kuruwee||–||A type of red rice with small grains|
|Gonabaru||–||A very rare variety of red rice that was the staple diet of both peasants and kings in ancient times|
|Dhikwee||–||A soft and wholesome red rice|
|Suwandel||–||A rare fragrant type of white rice|
(Information courtesy, www.ulpotha.com)
At present, the following types are the most popular cultivations in Sri Lanka;
- Keeri Samba
- Red Nadu
- Red Samba
- Nadu Rice