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Common Name: TREE - CAROB TREE
Scientific Name: Ceratonia siliqua
Alternative Names: Johannesbroodboom

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  • Perennial
  • The Carob tree is native to the Mediterranean.
  • It is a medium-sized evergreen tree with a rounded crown and dark green leathery leaves.
  • Inconspicuous male and female flowers are borne on separate trees.
  • It bears flattened, tough, oblong pods with hard seeds embedded in a soft, sugary pulp.
  • The pods are supposedly the 'locusts' that sustained John the Baptist in the desert.
  • It is hardy, prefers a dry climate and needs full sun.

Culinary Uses

  • The seeded pods can be processed and boiled into thick molasses.
  • Carob pods is almost fat-free and can be ground into flour and used as a cocoa substitute for chocolate flavoring.
  • The flour can be enjoyed with hot or cold milk.
  • The flour has more vitamins and minerals, less fat and fewer calories (180 kcal per 100g) than chocolate made from cocoa powder.
  • Pods are eaten as sweetmeat.

Parts Used

  • The ripe pods and seeds.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Carob pods contain iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamins A, B2, B3, and D.
  • It is non-allergenic – great if you are allergic to chocolate.
  • Carob contain just 1/3rd of the calories of chocolate.
  • The seed residue yields a starch-free, sugar-free and high protein flour for use be diabetics.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Carob is a good source of fodder for livestock.

Other Uses

  • Carob is used in cosmetic facemasks.
  • It can be used as firewood.
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