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Karaya is an extract of sterculia trees. It is used as a thickener,
emulsifier and laxative in foods, and as a denture adhesive.
Karaya, sometimes known as Sterculia gum, is the dried exudation of the
Sterculia Urens tree and other species of Sterculia. The tree is native
is also used to adulterate Gum Tragacanth due to their similar physical
Karaya is a dried exudate of the Sterculia urens tree.
- Tapped or
drilled, the sap is collected upon hardening and sorted.
- The gum
is graded based on the percentage of bark and other foreign matter found
with in the crude material.
- It can be
sold in its crude form or under go further processing such as
pulverizing and sifting to obtain the desired final powdered product.
- Karaya has been used at 0.25-1.0%
as an emulsifier and binder.
- It functions by absorbing water
resulting from the ice used in chopping and by emulsifying the protein,
fat and moisture to give a cohesive, smooth appearance to the finished
- Karaya has been used as a
stabilizer in regular whipped cream and in imitation whipped cream.
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