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Ceratonia siliqua - Carob Tree, Locust Tree

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  • Ceratonia siliqua is native to the Eastern Mediterranean, probably the Middle East, where it has been in cultivation for at least 4000 years. The fruit tree was well known to the ancient Greeks, who planted seeds of this plant in Greece and Italy. Seeds were used to weight gold, hence the word "carat." The Carob Tree grows well anywhere that citrus is grown, and it prefers dry climates that receive more than 300mm of rainfall /year --ideal Mediterranean-type climates. The fruit of carob is a pod, technically a legume 15 to 30 centimetres in length and fairly thick and broad. Pods are borne on the old stems of the plant on short flower stalks. Interestingly, most carob trees are monoecious, with individual male and female flowers. The dark-brown pods are not only edible, but also rich in sucrose (almost 40% plus other sugars) and protein (up to 8%). Moreover, the pod has vitamin A, B vitamins, and several important minerals. They can be eaten directly by livestock, but we know carob mostly because the pods are ground into a flour that is a cocoa substitute. Although this product has a slightly different taste than chocolate, it has only one-third the calories (total 1595 calories per pound), is virtually fat-free (chocolate is half fat), is rich in pectin, is nonallergenic, has abundant protein, and has no oxalic acid, which interferes with absorption of calcium. Consequently, carob flour is widely used in health foods for chocolate-like flavouring. Makes great patio plant (keeping it in a conservatory in Winter (or bonsai). It is only hardy in the Far South-West of England.

  • (Best to purchase two for a higher chance of it producing fruits.)
  • We have excellent quality, 10-15cm tall starter plants on offer.
  • The intended main use of this plant is to grow food for human consumption. We always recommend further research to learn the different ways in which the food source can be prepared and consumed.

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