Sacred Scents from Mother Earth
Dark Frankincense from Ogaden (Boswellia neglecta)
Numerous frankincense trees grow in Ogaden, most of which are only harvested sustainably, without removing the bark. We import two types of dark frankincense from Ogaden: the round, dark Muqlo frankincense and the dark Beeyo Madow.
Latin name: Boswellia neglecta
Harvest location: Ogaden
Scent: very balsamic, somewhat herbaceous and sweet
Ogaden is a region between Somalia and Ethiopia; politically, the region belongs to Ethiopia, but it is inhabited primarily by Somalis. This region has a bounty of frankincense and myrrh trees, and it is nearly impossible to distinguish which resin comes from which tree.
There are five or six different frankincense trees in Ogaden; two of the species have never been harvested individually, but rather the frankincense from these trees is mixed together before being sold (link honey frankincense).
We import two dark types of frankincense from Ogaden, both presumably belonging to the botanical group Boswellia neglecta, although we can’t be entirely certain. They come from different harvesting areas, but share many similarities. Nevertheless, we consider it impossible that they are the same frankincense because the shape, scent and texture are very distinguishable.
The Muqlo frankincense is absolutely beautiful, forming very round tears when the tree is naturally injured. The aroma of the Muqlo frankincense (also called Cabraro) is very spicy, but also a bit sweet, herbaceous and balsamic.
The Beeyo Madow frankincense, on the other hand, consists of large chunks, some of which can be very sticky inside. This variety is very similar to the Boswellia neglecta from Kenya, which is why we suspect the trees are the same species growing in different countries. The scent profile is very similar specifically to that of the Dakkara Boswellia neglecta from Kenya.
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