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Navara rice is one of the many types of rice found in India, and is a unique grain plant in the Oryza group. Its origin is said[who?] to be somewhere in Kerala, where it is regarded as endemic. In 2007–09, geographical indication status was granted. (Typically, such classification indicates an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is primarily derived from a defined geographical region.)
There seems to have been about a hundred varieties of rice but only about 20 types are said to be existing. Navara is one of the 20.
The rice is often powdered and then mixed with milk and taken in the form of a cereal.
Navara also has religious significance and is sometimes used in temples for ceremonies.
- Balachandran, P V. Navara, the rice that cures. Down to Earth. 31 May 2008. carrington