The 'white gold' harvest - Oman

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The 'white gold' harvest
The incense comes from the dried resin of the boswellia sacra tree. This tree from the Terebinth species grows naturally only in the Dhofar region and in the valley of Hadramaout (in Yemen). It can reach 13 feet in height. Depending on the time of harvest (either before or after the summer monsoon), the sap is more or less transparent. A notch is cut in the bark of the tree and the sap seeps down. It is then dried in the shade until small white or amber stones are obtained which have a very strong smell. The most expensive incense is the white one which can be prescribed, once crushed into a thin powder, against stomach aches. It is also used in perfume burners all over Oman (houses, ministries and grand hotels).
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