Where Does Gum Come From?

Where Does Gum Come From?

Gum was originally produced using latex sap from trees in the Amazon Valley, Central America, Indonesia, Malaya or British Borneo. In the mid-20th century, scientists discovered a technique for making synthetic rubber, which is the main gum base in most of today's gums.

The first evidence of gum in history is found in ancient Greek culture, where a gummy substance called mastiche was chewed. The Mayans also had their own chewing gum customs from about the second century on, chewing a substance called chicle. Native American Indians in the New England region had their own chewing gum custom; their gum was made from the resin of spruce trees.