Synonyms: Astragalus adscendens Boiss. & Hausskn.
English Name: Astragalus Manna
Other Names in English: Gaz of Khunsar, Gazangabin, Persian Manna
Persian Name: Gaz Khansar/ گَز خوانسار
About Astragalus Manna
Astragalus Manna is a type of manna that is caused by the activity of insects called Cyamophila Dicora and Cyamophila Astragalicola on the leaves and young stems of a species called Astragalus Adcendens. This insect sucks the sap grown from the branches and young leaves of this species and after a series of reactions, expels it from its body. This excreted substance is the Astragalus Manna, which remains as a white paste-like substance on the branches and leaves of the plant and becomes hard and slightly yellowish due to contact with air. This manna has a very sweet taste.
The best Astragalus Manna is white and transparent, very sweet, clean and without leaves and thorns, and has large pieces.
About 40% Tannic acid, about 50% Sucrose, about 20% Laevulose, about 20% Dextrose.
Temperament: It is hot and dry and some consider it moderate.