Maydi Frankincense, Boswellia frereana
, Certified Organic Mushaad plus top three grades mixed, imported direct from Somalia
Until recent years this rare and treasured frankincense resin was unavailable in the U.S. The tree is known as "Yagcar" by the Somalis, "Yegaar" in Yemen and "Luban Lami" in Arabic. Maydi is considered to be superior to other frankincense varieties by the Somalis and Arabians. Historically over 70% of its annual yield is imported by Saudi Arabia where it is highly regarded as a prestigious chewing gum.
This frankincense species is found only on the steep vertical slopes of coastal Northern Somalia. Similar to other frankincense trees, Boswellia frereana
favors soil rich in limestone and thrives in a hot climate, but unlike other species it requires good access to water and rainfall. Attempts have been made to introduce the species to Kenya and Southern Yemen with little success.
Maydi is sorted in eight grades consisting of mushaad, mujarwal, fas kebir (kabeer), fas saghir (saqeer), jabaanjib, shorta, slif and foox in order from best quality to least. The top four grades have exclusively been exported to Saudi Arabia for chewing gum and the remaining grades are exported to China for use in medicine and France, Germany and England for use as incense in religious ceremonies.
Here we are honored to offer our customers a mixture of the top four grades of Maydi Frankincense. It has a deeper, more balsamic and resinous aroma than the popular B. sacra and B. carteri species but with its own wonderful light and lively top notes.
Per ounce/28 grams $5.75
Per 4 ounces/112 grams $ 22.00
Per 1/2 pound/224 grams $ 41.00
Per pound/448 grams $ 75.00
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