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MAYDI FAS KABIR FRANKINCENSE

BOSWELLIA FREREANA

ORIGIN: SOMALIA

RESIN THIRD GRADE

THIS BOSWELLIA FREREANA RESIN IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND THE HIGHEST QUALITY RESIN ...

IT IS CALLED THE KING OF FRANKINCENSE.

IT IS THE SOMALI'S PRIDE AND JOY. THIS RESIN DIFFERS FROM MOST OTHER RESINS BECAUSE OF ITS PURE OLEORRESIN AND LACK OF WATER-SOLUBLE GUM. IT HAS A SPICEY YET HONEY SMELL. IT CONTAINS A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF ALPHA-PINENE AND ALPHA-THUJENE WHICH MAKES IT AN EXCELLENT RESIN FOR INFLAMMATION. IT IS ALSO CALLED THE CHEWING GUM RESIN AND IS MOSTLY SOLD TO THE ARAB NATIONS JUST FOR THIS PURPOSE. BURNING IT SMELLS INCREDIBLE ALSO. 

THE MAYDI FAS KABIR GRADE IS THE THIRD GRADE AND CONSISTS OF THE SIZE OF A PEA, WHICH IS GOLDEN IN COLOR WITH PARTIALLY BROWNISH PIECES.

BOSWELLIA FREREANA IS MORE OF AN OLEORESIN, THAT IS, IT CONSISTS OF VERY LITTLE RUBBER, THE RESIN FLOWS THROUGH THE TREE MUCH MORE STRONGLY DURING HARVESTING AND FORMS THESE LONG FORMS.

WHAT MAKES THE SO-CALLED KING INCENSE SO SPECIAL IS NOT ONLY ITS GOLDEN COLOR AND UNUSUAL SHAPE, BUT ABOVE ALL ITS FRAGRANCE.

THIS GRADE IS EXCELLENT FOR INFUSING OR MAKING A DISTILLATION. THE PIECES ARE MUCH SMALLER BUT THE RESIN IS STILL FULL OF GUM AND WOULD MAKE EXCELLENT ESSENTIAL OIL WHEN DISTILLED. FAS KABIR IS MOSTLY GRAVEL BUT THESE PIECES ARE BIGGER THAN GRAVEL SO YOU ARE GETTING BIGGER PIECES FOR THE PRICE OF GRAVEL.

THIS SIZE IS ALSO EXCELLENT FOR CHEWING

MY GOAL IS TO SELL QUALITY RESINS AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. SOME OF YOU KNOW ME AS THE QUEEN OF RESINS BECAUSE OF THE KNOWLEDGE I HAVE FROM CONSTANTLY STUDYING THESE RESINS AND THE FRIENDSHIPS I HAVE CREATED WITH THOSE WHO SELL AND HARVEST THESE BEAUTIFUL TREES.

THESE RESINS ARE HARVESTED BY FAIR TRADE STANDARDS ONLY.

AROMA

DESCRIBING THE SMELL OF MAYDI FAZ KABIR INCENSE IS NOT EASY FOR ME. IT HAS THE "TYPICAL" SCENT OF INCENSE, THAT IS, THE BALSAMIC SCENT, BUT THE SCENT NOTE IS MORE VARIED THAN WITH OTHER TYPES. IN ADDITION TO THE FINE NOTES OF FRUIT AND LEMON, THERE ARE ALSO NUANCES OF PINE, PEPPER AND MUSK.

ENERGETIC EFFECT

MAYDI FAZ KABIR INCENSE IS SIMPLY MY INCENSE, ALMOST NO OTHER INCENSE HAS SUCH A STRONG EFFECT ON ME. IT HAS A VERY HARMONIZING EFFECT ON ALL LEVELS AND IS VERY RELAXING. I ALSO FIND THIS COMFORTING IN DIFFICULT LIFE SITUATIONS.

ABOUT THE TREES

UNLIKE BOSWELLIA CARTERI TREES, B. FREREANA TREES ARE PRETTY UNIFORM. THEY GROW UP TO 8 METERS TALL, EITHER BRANCHED FROM THE BASE OR WITH A SINGLE TRUNK. THEY GROW EITHER DIRECTLY OUT OF ROCKS OR IN SANDY, ROCKY SOIL. THE BARK IS PALE YELLOW-BROWN, FLAKING AND PAPERY. THE LEAVES ARE COMPOUND AND IMPARIPINNATE, WITH OVAL, CHARACTERISTICALLY WAVY LEAFLETS. THE FLOWERS HAVE FIVE PETALS AND ARE RED OR REDDISH-GREEN. THE FRUITS ARE HARD, NOT FLESHY, AND DISPERSED BY WIND. THE TREES GENERALLY PREFER HOT, DRY CONDITIONS AT LOW ELEVATIONS, ESPECIALLY ON THE SUB-COASTAL PLAIN. HOWEVER, THEY DO GROW UP TO 750M, SOMETIMES TOGETHER WITH B. CARTERI.

THE SOMALI NAME FOR THE TREES THEMSELVES IS “YAGCAR”, WHILE THE RESIN IS KNOWN AS “MAYDI.” THE RESIN IS UNIQUE FOR THE LARGE SIZE OF THE TEARS AND FOR THE FACT THAT IT CONTAINS LITTLE TO NO WATER-SOLUBLE GUM OR BOSWELLIC ACIDS. FOR THAT REASON, IT’S FREQUENTLY USED AS CHEWING GUM, ESPECIALLY IN ARAB CULTURES.

THE ESSENTIAL OIL IS MOST OFTEN DOMINATED BY A-THUJENE, SABINENE, AND P-CYMENE, WHICH GIVES IT A CHARACTERISTICALLY MUSKY SCENT THAT’S REMINISCENT OF OLD CHURCHES. A SECOND CHEMOTYPE IS DOMINATED BY A-PINENE, WHICH IS SHARPER, FRESH, AND NOT SURPRISINGLY, QUITE PINEY. BOTH SCENTS ARE STRONG AND FULL-BODIED, THOROUGHLY PLEASANT AND PROUD.

HARVESTING SYSTEMS

THE TREES ARE HARVESTED BY MAKING SMALL CUTS INTO THE BARK AND WAITING FOR THE RESIN TO SEEP OUT. TYPICALLY HARVESTERS WAIT 15-30 DAYS FOR THE RESIN TO HARDEN BEFORE COLLECTING IT AND RE-OPENING THE WOUND TO ALLOW MORE TO COME OUT. ONLY THE RESIN ON THE ACTUAL WOUND IS COLLECTED, THOUGH–THE RESIN THAT HAS RUN DOWN FROM THE WOUND IS LEFT TO ACCUMULATE OVER THE WHOLE SEASON, CREATING THE LARGE TEARS FOR WHICH B. FREREANA IS FAMOUS. THE HARVEST SEASON OFTEN INVOLVES 8-12 OF THESE TAPPING CYCLES, AND TAKES PLACE BETWEEN SEPTEMBER TO JUNE. THE TREES ARE SUPPOSED TO RECEIVE UP TO 12-16 CUTS, DEPENDING ON THEIR SIZE.

MOST TREES ARE CLEARLY OWNED BY AN INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY. SPECIFIC AREAS WITH TREES, CALLED “FARMS” BY THE HARVESTERS, ARE OWNED BY INDIVIDUALS AND PASSED DOWN FROM FATHER TO SON. THE BOUNDARIES OF EACH FARM AREN’T MARKED OR WRITTEN DOWN, BUT ARE WELL-KNOWN TO EACH HARVESTER–WE ARE DOING SOME OF THE FIRST MAPPING TO DELINEATE AND MONITOR EACH FARM WE SOURCE FROM.

AS WITH B. CARTERI, SOMETIMES HARVESTERS FEEL PRESSURE TO PUT TOO MANY CUTS ON A TREE, OVERHARVESTING IN AN EFFORT TO GET MORE RESIN. THIS ISN’T DUE TO IGNORANCE OR IRRESPONSIBILITY ON THEIR PART, GENERALLY, BUT SIMPLY BY WANTING TO PROVIDE ADEQUATELY FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND IMPROVE THEIR LIVES. THIS IS WHY WE’RE CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO CONTINUOUSLY MONITOR THE TREES FROM WHICH WE GET OUR RESIN, WORK WITH THE HARVESTERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE BEING PAID FAIRLY AND CAN PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND HELP SUPPORT THE HARVESTING COMMUNITIES TO DEVELOP SUSTAINABLY. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT OUR COMPREHENSIVE HARVESTING SUSTAINABILITY PLAN HERE.

ORDERING DETAILS

RESINS CAN BE ORDERED IN ANY QUANTITY, AND ARE SHIPPED FROM BERBERA, SOMALILAND. THERE ARE SEVERAL GRADES OF B. FREREANA RESIN: MUSHA’AD (LARGE TEARS), MUJARWAAL (MEDIUM-SIZED PIECES), FAS KABIR (SMALL PIECES), AND FAS SAQIR (VERY SMALL PIECES). IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO DISTILL, THE LOWER GRADES ARE PROBABLY MOST COST-EFFECTIVE, BUT IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR INCENSE AND BEAUTIFUL, HIGH-QUALITY RESIN, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT THE ELEGANCE OF THE LARGE TEARS.