Um mundo de matérias-primas
- Nome botânico:
- Myroxylon balsamum pereirae
- Parte utilizada:
Peru gum production
Peruvian balsam ("Peru") is an exudate of Myroxylon balsanum var. pereira, a tree native to Central America.
These large trees can be found from Guatemala to Nicaragua, but the conditions needed for producing Peru exist only in a small region of El Salvador, in the highlands an hour's drive west of the capital San Salvador.
Peru is harvested in successive phases. The bark is burned and these specific spots are covered with pieces of cloth that absorb the exudate. The cloth is then pressed and the balsam is purified by boiling.
The trees suffer no permanent damage from this process, and can continue to yield balsam for more than 100 years.
Biolandes has established a secure and sustainable supply at the source, importing purified balsam to France where it is processed to produce Peru absolute.
Peru production amounts to about 80 tons per year.