The Industry behind the Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom tree):
There is a lot of information to be found around the world about the Red Sentol Tree, which is commonly known as the Kratom Tree, and its various uses such as dyeing, so much so that a large industry has sprung up around this plant in recent years. Some myths we would like to clear up.
The false "designations of origin":
In order to sell even more kratom, many a resourceful seller from Indonesia had the idea of selling Mitragyna Speciosa foliage with different designations to suggest that the product comes from different parts of Asia.
This is probably the most common misconception surrounding this plant to date. 95% of the kratom available on the world market comes from the Jongkong region of Borneo, Indonesia, where it is grown on farms. This means that it is almost impossible for a product called "Malaysian Green" to come from Malaysia.
When the market was not so crowded and there were only a few commercial wholesalers, they produced what they called different products in fixed mixing ratios so that the customer would feel that it was really a different product.
Unfortunately, to this day, many suppliers advertise their products according to the same outdated patterns without informing the customer, so that this myth is omnipresent to this day. That is why we consistently refrain from reusing the designations of our wholesalers.
The different varieties of Kratom based on the different vein colors?
Most customers have learned at some point that with kratom, the color of the leaf veins significantly changes the color appearance of the product. Unfortunately, this is not true, because if you look at kratom leaves, they are all green, regardless of their vein color.
The leaf vein is usually removed in the processing process and when we look at the finished kratom variants, the products made from reddish variants usually have a red tint, the green variants shine through a vibrant green and the white variants have a white tint. So how can an evergreen leaf have a color cast after drying?
To put it bluntly: The same kratom tree can produce leaves with red and white leaf veins, but most kratom leaves have a red leaf vein. The non-red veined kratom leaves occur too rarely to create commercially different products from them alone. It can be said that the lion's share of kratom products are made from red-veined leaves.
But how then does the difference between the varieties arise? The answer will baffle, but they arise solely during processing. Elementary here is the drying method. Some farmers have their own recipes and drying methods, but many producers make the variants as follows:
Red strains (brown shade): There are two different methods here:
1. The leaves are fermented in a plastic bag before drying.
2. The leaves are dried in the sun until they are reddish/brown.
Red strains (green/brown hue): Dried in drying houses for 5-7 days.
Green strains (dark green hue): Dried in drying houses for 2-3 days.
Green strain (light green shade): Dried in the sun for one day.
White strains: Here there are very different variants. A common way is to store the leaves in a shady place for 1-2 days after harvesting and before drying until they change color. It is also possible to harvest only the leaves with white leaf veins or to separate the main white leaf veins, grind them and add them to the ground foliage of leaves with red leaf veins.
Many farmers do not want to reveal the exact process of production, because competition is high and producing a good product is essential for survival.
In addition to the drying method, the varieties can also be mixed together to produce a new variety.