Kalanamak is one of the finest quality scented rice in India. It derives its name from the black husk (Kala = black; the suffix ‘namak’ means salt). This variety has been in cultivation since the Buddhist period (600 BC). It is quite popular in the Himalayan Tarai of eastern Uttar Pradesh, India, and is also known as the scented black pearl of Uttar Pradesh. It was also featured in the book 'Speciality rice of the world' by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Kalanamak Rice Of Uttar Pradesh received the Geographical Indication of India tag on 09/09/2013.