Shallaki is the Boswellia species from India, the resin also sometimes being known as Olibanum. It appears in small yellow to orange tears and is very similar to the African varieties of B. Carteri, though generally darker and more opaque. Some writers suggest that this species was preferred for incense in Old Testament times.
The incense smolders in a similar manner of other Frankincense varieties, though generally produces a huskier smoke with a more pronounced "char-coaled marshmallow" effect. The aroma of Shallaki is deeper and produces citrus orange notes when compared with the African varieties that are often described as producing a sweet, lemon-like fragrance. This Frankincense lends itself to excellent outdoor use. Indirect heating produces a richer, purer, and somewhat deep aroma.
Boswellia serrata is mainly found in semi-arid tropical deciduous forests. The species is found growing on slopes and ridges in poor and shallow soils.
Endemic to India and Pakistan. The species has been identified in the state of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu in India, and the Punjab province in Pakistan.
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