Sudu Heeneti (සුදු හීනටි)
This variety of rice is named Sudu Heeneti because of the whitish-straw colour of its paddy. It is traditionally cultivated in Sri Lanka and produces a bold red grain. The culm develops to about 135cm in height. This crop can be harvested within 4 months from seeding. The potential yield is about 60 to 80 bushels per acre. Currently Sudu Heenati is widely cultivated in all parts of Sri Lanka. It is reported to perform well as an organic crop.
Traditionally it is believed that Sudu Heeneti helps enhance the human immune system, and is used as a remedy for constipation. Scientific studies have found evidence of medicinal properties useful for the treatment of inflammation, diabetes, cancer, neurological diseases, cholesterol and oxidative stress. It is also a rich source of vitamin E and naturally occurring antioxidants. Consumption with the bran is important in obtaining such valuable nutritional and medicinal properties.