Preparation and Use of Gum Arabic and Its Products

Mwaura FM, Mwangi JK. "Preparation and Use of Gum Arabic and Its Products."; 2003.


Gum arabic is a natural gum that is obtained from Acacia senegal and A. seyal, two
leguminous trees originating from Africa. Acacias are one of the most common trees in
Africa's semi-arid savannas and A. senegal occurs throughout the Sahel and Sudanese
woodlands, in the Great Rift Valley and into Southern Africa (White, 1983). These trees have
compound leaves with small leaflets, small white to cream colored flowers and form thin
woody pods. Sudan is the dominant producer of gum arabic, accounting for over 80% of …

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