Gum Acacia Seyal

GUM ACACIA SEYAL.

Unlike the ancient Gum Acacia senegal the commercial use of Gum Acacia seyal is a very new and exciting development.

DATE.
2014, 17,
June
SEYAL

Unlike the ancient Gum Acacia senegal the commercial use of Gum Acacia seyal is a very new and exciting development.
An exudate of the Leguminosae family of tree, Acacia seyal has only been commercially available in the United States since mid 1988. Prior to this it had commonly been used in its raw state as a confection in India. Although crude seyal had always been in abundant supply, in 1984 Importers Service developed the selection, purification and drying techniques to permit the manufacture of Spray Dried Gum Acacia seyal. Since these developments Acacia seyal has gained wide acceptance first in industrial applications and more recently in food and pharmaceutical applications for coatings, encapsulation, tableting and as a source of soluble fiber.
Acacia seyal is now available from several other sub-Saharan African countries, notably Chad, where it is called “Gum Friable”, and Nigeria, where it is referred to as “Grade No. 2”. It is interesting that A. seyal is not harvested in the same manner as A. senegal. Instead of tapping the tree to develop the gum tear, A. seyal is exuded through naturally occurring breaks or fractures in the tree branches and bark. Historically, the gum would generally go unharvested, fracture, fall to the ground and be rendered unsuitable for most food applications. Importers Service developed the manufacturing process that changed all that. In the 1990’s ISC developed methods to decolorize the naturally dark Acacia seyal without damaging any of the attractive natural properties it possesses. This has opened a new market for Acacia seyal – applications which require a white powder or colorless solutions, as opposed to the brownish solids or coffee colored solutions of the past. Importers Service’s Superwhite Spray Dried Gum Acacia offers a less expensive but effective alternative for many of the other Acacia and starch based products on the market today.

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