1/2 gram Gum Arabic seeds, Acacia senegal
Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 11+)
When to Sow: Anytime
Ease of Germination: Moderate
Tropical shrub or small tree with pale yellow fragrant flowers. Suited for indoor pot culture.
Source of an important resin widely used in food products. Has a protective, soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes. Still used in lozenges for sore throat and cough, and for diarrhea and dysentery. In the food industry it is used as a stabilizer, emulsifier and flavor fixative, and it is a very common ingredient in chewing gum and candy.