Myrrh (commiphora molmol, c. abyssinica, or c. myrrha) is a member of the burseraceae family, native to the eastern Mediterranean, Ethiopia, the Arabian peninsula and Somalia. Myrrh is a shrubby desert tree known variously as gum, myrrh tree, guggal gum, guggal resin, didin, and didthin. Myrrh is an Arabic word meaning bitter. The highly valued aromatic gum resin of myrrh has a bitter, pungent taste and a sweet, pleasing aroma. A particularly treasured variety of myrrh is known as karam or Turkish myrrh.
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