Gond Katira (Tragacanth Gum)
Tragacanth gum or Gond katira or Kateer is the sap of the thorny shrub tragacanth, which is a thorny and low-growing shrub which is mostly found in Middle East, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Pakistan produces an enormous quality of Gond Katira. The plant is a member of abaca which is originally a pea family. This gum is odorless, tasteless, and a water-soluble mixture obtained from the sap of the plant. The gum from the plant is obtained naturally from the roots as well as from incisions made in the stem and then dried to forms crystals of flakes.
Several health benefits are associated with Tragacanth gum. The best part, however, is that Gond Katira cools the body during summer and you can make refreshing drinks to stay cool.