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Royal Green Hojari and Sultans Selection Merge!!!

Royal Green Hojari and Sultans Selection Merge!!!

Some very big news regarding our "Royal Green Hojari" and our "Sultans Selection" Boswellia sacra frankincense from Oman!! 

Lets set the record straight. When you buy green sacra frankincense from any proprietor you expect it to be green, right? Yes of course! Well that is the disconnect between the modern buyer and the harvesters in Oman. "Green" in Oman does not always mean you going to get the color green when it comes to resins. It depends on where on the tree it harvested also. The greener top new branches on the frankincense tree are the newest and produce green resin sometimes but also the most nutrient rich resin because it is the newest branches. The resin itself is often times white, clear, lime or yellow in color as well. In fact the majority of the resin on the top branches are these colors with green or blue sporadically mixed in. 

All sellers of "green" sacra resin get this mix from Oman. Its rare to be able to source all green and blue tears, especially large hojari grade tears. I started years ago by offering the blue grade of "Sultans Section" which has caught on like wild fire with many sellers now selling it or a variant under the "Sultans Selection" name which I coined years ago. I tell you this not to brag but to emphasize my tireless effort to offer you the worlds rarest and most sacred resins and to keep pushing the standard higher and higher. 

With that in mind I am very pleased to now set a new standard and discontinue our "Royal Green" and "Sultans Selection" lines. I am now able to source only large green hojari with the blue variant (Sultans Selection) mixed in. The name is now Sultan's Royal Green Large Hojari Frankincense. This grade will be large only green teas with the occasional blue tears mixed in. The majority will be green with blue being much less in the mix due to its extreme rarity as a color, however, at this level of quality the color is negligible. The large green and blue tears, or hojari grade, will have all the same compounds and properties if you are using this grade as a tea for traditional medicine or for enjoyment. This grade is truly reserved for royals and prominent families in the region.

The Sultan's Royal Green Large Hojari Frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) grade will be priced slightly higher than the old "Royal Green" offering and dramatically lower than the "Sultans Selection" grade. The decision to combine the two grades was not an easy one. However, with this true hojari grade having all the same compounds, weather green or blue, due to size and the fact that it will be only the freshest harvest it was an easy decision in the end. My mission is, and has always been, to offer the rarest and highest quality resins the world has to offer at exceptional prices. 

Your search is over, if you desire TRUE Green Hojari we are your source!

If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me anytime at brian@wildtreeessentials.com.


Enjoy!!

Brian Camgemi
Founder
Wild Tree Essentials
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~The Frankincense Harvest~

~The Frankincense Harvest~

       ~The Frankincense Harvest~


Frankincense is tapped and produced from the Boswellia Tree, which is part of the botanical genus Boswellia. Few people realize that it has 28 accepted species and a few additional species that are currently contested in the scientific community.  Boston Commodities Int' carries 9 species and 13 grades of high quality frankincense. Frankincense trees are grown wildly in Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, India, Yemen, Island of Socotra and Oman. Each country produces a different species of the tree, with some overlapping regionally. The climate that is specific to each country or region will determine the quality and properties of the species and grade. The rarest and highest grades of Frankincense, known as Boswellia sacra, comes from Oman due to the unique environment of mountains, semi-desert and ocean. We will mainly reference Boswellia sacra from Oman in this particular newsletter.

Frankincense is collected by “tapping” the bark of the tree with a small knife or ax by cutting off an external strip of bark, which heals 100% after harvest if tapped correctly. The opaque sap that exudes begins to harden upon exposure to air and into tear-shaped droplets which vary in size and color.  The tapping continues on the same tree in the same place up to 4-5 times, hence resulting in the varying grades.  The main time of year to tap takes place from June to August and is known as the 'Khareef' season, which means autumn in Arabic.

Frankincense quality varies depending on the climate. The summer of 2015 was extremely hot in Oman and good green sacra was tough to find since it was all turning greenish brown from the heat. I had reports that the tops of the frankincense trees were getting scorched from the desert sun and dying. The main collectors of the resins are Bedouins who know the terrain, landscape and customs very well. They have the knowledge and skill to harvest these sacred resins and have done so for thousands of years. Many trees grow in challenging places like the sides of mountains—the middle picture is an extreme example of the Boswellia sacra tree’s adaptability to grow in tough terrain. Once collected, the resins are stored, ready for the merchants to come and collect. The frankincense resin is now ready for the grading process, which is done by spreading all of the collected resins that are mixed during harvest time on sheets to remove the bark and separate the different grades and best quality pieces. After the sorting process is done, the frankincense is ready for the markets and for shipping to wholesale buyers like Boston Commodities Int’.

This year’s harvest is exceptionally good. Some of the highest quality Green Boswellia sacra frankincense I have ever had the pleasure of offering is now in stock. Freshly harvested and offered straight from the frankincense markets of Oman. Enjoy!

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