Buy Sudan Frankincense Directly From Exporters & Suppliers - Best of 2020 Market Prices
|Varieties||Sacred,Frankincense carterii, Frankinsense serrata|
|Storage||Room temperature 15-19 degrees celsius, store away from direct sunlight|
|Size||Liquid state(oil), 2cm-5cm resins|
|Transport Conditions||Clean, dry containers, room temperature, relative humidity of 89-90%|
In Africa, Sudan frankincense is the most exported frankincense in terms of volume. It is a spice used in the manufacture of different products, the main being the incense oil.
The word frankincense is derived from an old French expression, “franc encens” meaning high-quality incense. It is tapped from the scraggly but hardy trees by slashing the bark and letting the exuded resin bleed out and form harden streaks known as tears.
Different species and varieties of frankincense trees produce a slightly different type of resin hence the varieties. The frankincense producing tree is known as Boswellia sacra.
Frankincense has been traded in Sudan for more than 3,000 years. It was used in religious rites throughout the eastern Mediterranean from the earliest antiquity. Today, the spice is traded for many other uses throughout the country.
There are three significant varieties of frankincense produced in Sudan.
- Frankincense seratta: This is known for its sweetest aroma and flavour. It is readily available and also less costly compared to the other types. Mostly it is used to manufacture oils and not flavourings.
- Frankincense sacra: Also known as the sacred frankincense, It has a medium sweet taste and flavour. It has very strong components which make it the best in manufacturing skin care products and cosmetics.It is also used in churches to burn incense for spiritual purposes.
- Frankincense carterii: This type of frankincense has a woody aroma and also great medicinal properties as it is excellent for pain relief for muscles and joints.
Boswellia sacra trees are considered unusual due to their exceptional ability to thrive in harsh environments. The trees start producing resin from eight to ten years. Tapping is done two to four times a year with the final taps producing the best tears due to their higher aromatic content.
Recent studies indicate that in Sudan, Frankincense tree populations are declining, partly due to overexploitation. The frankincense tree grows up to 25 feet tall. It requires plenty of sun and heat as it is a drought-resistant tree.
Harvesting of frankincense is done up to four times a year. The bark of the tree is cut into small incisions which allow the gum known as the resin to ooze out. Once dried, the solid resin is collected in sacks and sorted to get rid of impurities like soil and tree barks.
It is then packed in 25kg sacks awaiting buyers who process it to extract flavour and oil for use in various sectors.
Sudan exports most of its unprocessed frankincense in Europe and the middle east countries and other African regions, e.g. Egypt and Somali. The country exported over 3700 tonnes in 2017.
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