Acacia gum, more commonly known as Gum Arabic, is obtained from the Acacia senegal and several related species of small Acacia trees native to the hot dry regions of northern and central Africa and the Middle East. Acacias are various species of small trees or shrubs 10 to 25 feet in height with a spread of 10 to 15 feet.
Small 'tears' of gum oozes naturally from the trunk, but is stimulated by cutting thin strips of bark from the trees, about 2-3 feet long and 2 inches wide. The gum thickens on exposure to the air, and the oval 'tears' are then collected. Gum Arabic is water soluble, odorless and tasteless.
Gum Arabic is widely used as an emulsifier, thickening agent, stabilizer and flavor enhancer in commercial food production. It is used in the manufacture of such products as beverages, dairy products, snack foods, chewing gum, candy, confections, and fats. Gum Arabic retards sugar crystalization in candy and confections, smooths the texture of ice cream, enhances the flavor of fruit beverages, and stabilizes the foam in beers. It is also in the manufacture of paper, ink, textiles, adhesives, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Also see: Food Articles and Cooking Tips
& COOKING CLASSES
From Amateur & Basic Cooking Classes to Professional Chef Training & Degrees - Associates, Bachelors & Masters - More than 1,000 schools & classes listed for all 50 States, Online and Worldwide
FOOD TRIVIA and FOOD FACTS
Please feel free to link to any pages of FoodReference.com from your website.
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail: j[email protected]
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2023 James T. Ehler and www.FoodReference.com unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission.
FoodReference.com (since 1999)
Home | Articles | FOOD TRIVIA | Today in Food History | Food_Timeline | Recipes | Cooking_Tips | Food Videos | Food Quotes | Who’s Who | Culinary Schools and Tours | Food_Trivia_Quizzes | Food Poems | Free Magazines | Food Festivals & Events
You are here > Home >
FOOD TRIVIA and FOOD FACTS SECTION