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Sumatra Benzoin Tree
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Styrax benzoin (S. japonicus shown)

benzoin tree

plant overview
aromatic benzoin

Benzoin gum is the dried resin that is obtained from the benzoin tree, which is found throughout Asia. Although benzoin gum is prized for its use in incense and natural cosmetics because of its vanilla-like scent, it can also be used to flavor foods and beverages.

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Benzoin
Styrax benzoin (S. japonicus shown)

benzoin tree

plant overview
aromatic benzoin

Benzoin gum is the dried resin that is obtained from the benzoin tree, which is found throughout Asia. Although benzoin gum is prized for its use in incense and natural cosmetics because of its vanilla-like scent, it can also be used to flavor foods and beverages.

01.
A Bit of Botany
a bit of botanical information about benzoin

description
Benzoin is a shrubby deciduous tree, belonging to the Styraceae family. The tree has gray bark, simple leaves, and short racemes of small, fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers. Benzoin tree produces a yellowish, balsamic resin, called benzoin or gum benjamin.

Several varieties are known, but the Siam and Sumatra Benzoins are the most revered. Siam Benzoin is obtained from wounds on the Styrax tonkinensis species—outside its color appears reddish yellow, while inside it is a milky white. Its odor is a sweet-balsamic odor with a distinct vanilla note. It contains benzoic acid but not cinnamic acid.

Sumatra Benzoin is obtained from wounds on the Styrax benzoin species, and is always in blocks of a dull reddish or grayish-brown color. Fine qualities have a strong storax-like odor, marking a distinct difference from the sweet vanilla odor of the Siamese variety. Additionally, Sumatra Benzoin contains cinnamic acid.

common names
& nomenclature

Its name came via the Italian from the Arabic lubān jāwī ("frankincense from Java"), because it was brought from Indonesia. The Catalan traders, who bought lubān jāwī from moorish traders, modified the word by changing a to e and omitting the lu to benjawi. Italians further changed it into benjuì, and in Latin it became ultimately known as benzoë. In India it is commonly called loban (from lubān).

Also known as:
siam benzoin, loban, sumatra benzoin, kemenyan, gum benjamin tree, onycha, gum benzion, benzoin gum, ben, benjamen, friar's balsam, siamese benzoin, spice bush, sumatra gum, snowbells, storax, and styrax gum

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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