Re: Mowiol for gum
Just dropped into this thread, but...
As a native Arizonan,
I believe I read long ago that mesquite gum was acceptable (and
used to be collected), and several species of acacia thrive in
Arizona. We were familiar with gobs of sap hanging below damaged
or stressed limbs. Maybe somebody who still lives there could make
a few bucks.
- John Edwards, Vancouver, WA, USA
> Just for info:
> A time ago a book was published by a dutch writer about
> gum-arabic; not in respect to gum printing, just out of
> curiosity she was fascinated by the history of it, the fact that
> it is still not possible to plant acacia trees in order to
> 'produce' gum. People have to look for places in some areas of
> Africa to find the stuff; it becomes more and more something
> like gold. She describes the use of gum over the years and the
> astonishing fact was that until now industry is not able to
> produce a chemical substitue for gum in the food industry.