Description of Balsam Peru

Balsam Peru is a sap-like extract produced in El Salvador from a tree known as Myroxylon that grows wild throughout Central and South America.  This molasses-like exudate has a complex aroma that features a vanilla/cinnamon sweetness combined with a persistent, slightly smoky warmth.  Balsam Peru’s thick consistency has been valued in fragrances for its excellent fixative properties.  In flavors it is most commonly used as an enhancer for vanilla profiles.  Beyond flavors and fragrances, Balsam Peru is also a traditional ingredient in some pharmaceutical applications.

Botanical Name

Genus Myroxylon

Aroma & Flavor of Balsam Peru

Rich and sweet, with an odor reminiscent of Vanilla. Contains a warm, cinnamon-like flavor and a smoky drydown.




Latest Market Info: Feb, 2021

November 2020, December 2020, and January 2021 have all been cold and rainy within Central America, with high winds adding even more challenges for harvest. Balsam Peru trees are currently unable to be tapped, making the crop delayed until the end of February. Production will be heavily reduced as a result of this.

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