Gum Arabic is the exudate from the plants Acacia senegal (L.) Willdenow and Acacia seyal. The largest quantities of this plant are found in Africa, in the Sub-Saharan zone. Initial tapping of the trees depends on the weather and takes places when the temperatures are high enough for the trees to being losing leaves. Once the lumps have dried out, they are collected. The resins are dried once again in the villages and finally sorted according to color, quality and purity, and then packaged.

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