Gum Tragacanth comes from a plant found in the Middle East and has a faintly gluey taste. Gum tragacanth is a gum used to make pastillage gum paste for sugar flowers and decorative cake work. Tragacanth can also be used as a thickener, emulsifier and suspending agent.
Gum tragacanth comes from the sap of Middle Eastern legumes of the genus, Astralagus. The tree bark is removed in springtime (February - May). After 3 weeks or so, the tears of gum are removed, dried, bleached in the sun and cleaned.
Overview of Tragacanth's Characteristics
|Applications||Suspending agent, flavour encapsulator, sugar crystal inhibitor.|
|Rate of hydration||Moderate|
|Gel strength||Acid stable, imparts excellent mouthfeel.|
|pH solubility||2.5 - 10.0|
|Dosage||0.5 - 1.5%|