Acacia karroo / Muunga (Sh) / Isinga (N)
The Sweet Thorn is a species of Acacia, native to southern Africa. The tree gets its common name from the gum which is exuded from wounds in the bark. This pleasant tasting, very water-soluble gum has commercial value as a substitute for Gum Arabic.
What is harvested – Harvesting time: The gum must be collected between August-October.
Average yield per collector: One person can bleed up to 100 trees per day. Each tree yields an average of 300g of gum/season.