Guar Seed refers to the bean or cluster bean of the Cyamopsis tetragonolobus plant. The plant is an annual legume primarily cultivated in India which can be eaten as a green bean.
Surprisingly, although guar primarily is grown for its gum content, very little was known about the variability of gum content in the seed of Cyamopsis tetragonolobus.
Guar is an important source of nutrition to animals and humans and is consumed as a vegetable and cattle feed.
Apart from being consumed as feed for animals or vegetable for human consumption, it is used as thickener in cosmetics, sauces and salad dressings.
Industrially it is used in mining, petroleum drilling and textile manufacturing.
Guar is a multi-purpose plant, mostly used today as a source of galactomannan gum, which is used as a thickener and stabilizer in foods such as salad dressings, ice cream and yoghurt. The gum and the water-soluble resin extracted from the seeds are also used in other industries, including paper manufacturing, cosmetics, mining and oil drilling.