Kalanamak is one of the finest scented rice derives its name from black husk (kala = black; the suffix ‘namak’ means salt) Predominantly grown in Eastern UP and Nepal area. Kalanamak is traditionally grown using no fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide, which makes it suitable for organic cultivation.
It is believed that Kalanamak rice has been cultivated since the Buddhist period (600 BC).
As the history says, When lord Buddha visited Kapilvastu after gaining knowledge during the drought period, farmers requested Buddha for help and Buddha gave them the grains and asked to sow it in marshy place. Even today many Buddhist monks eat this rice. Here are some healthy benefits:
- Kalanamak rice is rich in micro-nutrients such as Iron and Zinc that prevents the diseases borne from deficiency of vitamins.
- Kalanamak is suggested for daily intake to treat blood and skin related problems.
- Kalanamak is also highly resistant to notorious and used to treat panicle blast, stem rot and brown spot.
- Buddhist monks believes that it is due to daily intake of Kalanamak rice they live longer than average human being.
- They also strengthen, regenerate, and energise the body, regulate blood pressure, and prevent skin diseases and premature aging.