Early Sutarsar Lowland Rice
(Oryza sativa); India; Awnless
Developed in Maharashtra India, Early Sutarsar is a medium grain red rice with an 11% protein content. Our original seed source is John Sherck who first grew it in northern Indiana in 2019 as part of his trials of early maturing lowland rice grown under upland conditions. Having a shorter growing season than John, we include Early Sutarsar in our rice collection for its early maturity.
Here's what John says:
"Early Sutarsar performed well under upland conditions and had a good yield of 7 pounds of paddy per 100 square foot. It was also grown in a sandy loam soil... The plants reached a height of 3 foot and had no issues with lodging after periods of heavy rainfall."
Considered an lowland rice, we grow Early Sutarsar as an upland rice in our wetter part of the garden.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind, rice seed is hulled. Rice is planted in its hull but after harvest, that hull must be removed before eating. De-hulling rice is not easily achieved by hand, requiring mechanical assistance such as the Brill De-huller or an electric de-huller.