Heirloom Rice

In Sri Lanka there are hundreds of different traditional varieties of rice that distinguish themselves by their nutritional and medical properties to make them unique. Traditional varieties of Sri Lankan rice are known to contain higher amounts of glutamic acid, higher concentrations of vitamins and the coarse grains are also richer in fiber content. They are also said to have a high nutritive value. Different historical records reveal that traditional rice varieties were revered for their nutritional and medicinal properties.

Farmers supported by Ecowave cultivate traditional varieties mostly called Pokkali, Suwandhal and Kuruluthuda with other varieties like Kalu heenatti, pachcheperumal etc.

Suwandhal is a delicious white rice with a pleasant aroma. It is known to improve glowing skin, functioning of excretory system and vocal clarity; help to control diabetic because of its low glycemic index.

Kuruluthoda is tasty and nutritious red rice with high content of protein. It is believed to improve male sexual potency and bladder functioning.

Pokkali is famed for its peculiar taste and its high protein content. Pokkali variety possesses great medicinal properties due to the high content of iron, zinc, potassium and antioxidants (oryzanol, tocopherol and tocotrienoletc).

Nutritional fact ( Test done by Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka)


Kuruluthoda

Pokkali

Suwandhal

Normal Rice (white)

Energy(Kcal/100g)

360.1

355.1

363.0

350.9

Carbohydrate(by difference)(g/100g)

74.9

76.4

74.1

79.0

Fat. (g/100g)

2.9

2.3

3.8

0.5

Protein(g/100g)

8.6

7.2

8.1

7.6

Calcium (g/100g)

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.1

Phosphorous (mg/100g)

248

332

314

96

Iron (mg/kg)

55.2

379.7

85.8

23.9

Zinc(mg/kg)

21.7

19.0

18.3

12.3

Copper(mg/kg)

98.3

131.8

119.6

42.2