Guggul Commiphora wightii
Guggul is a flowering plant in the family Burseraceae. It is commonly grown in India and thrives in poor conditions and dry soil.
The resin from the guggul tree has been used as a key component in Ayurveda and Indian culture for thousands of years. This has created a high demand and the slow growing tree suffers from over harvesting making the guggul tree an increasingly endangered species.
At Pukka we are privileged to be working with a pioneering project in Rajasthan cultivating organically certified guggul. This is quite a challenge as the shrubby tree takes eight years to reach maturity.
Despite its low yields the work is worth it as the oleo-gum-resin is of a premium quality, glowing with its soft-red-translucence.