Gonabaru is a popular medium-grain rice variety traditionally cultivated in Sri Lanka. The plant develops to a maximum height of 140cm. This crop can be harvested within 5 months from seeding.The number of tillers per plant is 3 to 5, which is low compared to other traditional rice varieties. The potential yield is fairly good compared to similar varieties and varies from about 50 to 60 bushels per acre. It is cultivated in both the dry and wet zone.Scientific studies have found evidence of medicinal properties useful for the treatment of diabetes and oxidative stress. Further, it’s a good source of zinc. Consumption with the bran is important in obtaining such valuable nutritional and medicinal properties.