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Carob Tree

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Ceratonia siliqua

  • Cultivated for its sweet, nutritious fruit.
  • Pods can be ground into flour to provide cocoa substitute.
  • Hardy outdoors to -7°C.
  • Likes a warm, sunny, well drained position.
  • Self Fertile.

Supplied as a containerised tree approximately 3 - 4 feet (90 - 120 cm) tall including pot.

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Originating in the eastern Mediterranean, the carob tree, also known as the locust bean or St John's Bread, has been cultivated for over 4,000 years. Some believe that the 'Manna from heaven' mentioned in the Bible is a reference  to the sweet, nutritious fruit of the carob. It was also known to the ancient Greeks and is a flowering evergreen shrub.

Interestingly, its name seems to come from the Greek word meaning 'wooden horn' or the Turkish meaning for 'Goat's horn'.

Carob pods provide an energy rich food for livestock, but can also be ground into flour, which can be used as a cocoa substitute for humans. Unlike chocolate, carob contains no caffeine or theobromine (carob is used in 'chocolate' treats for dogs).  It's pods can also be used to make a syrup which is Cyprus is known as 'Black Gold'; the syrup is said to be good for treating coughs and sore throats (or for diarrhea in young children).  Carob liquer is common in Croatia, Malta, Turkey, Portugal, Spain and Sicily.

Carob can also be used as a natural sweetner (quite often seen in Crete) and is considered to be very high in calcium (three times more than milk!)  It is also rich in iron, phosphorus and fibre.

A long-lived evergreen with dense foliage, the carob can surive long periods of drought but needs water in order to fruit. It can take 5-16 years before the tree begins to produce fruit.

  • Grow outdoors in containers, provide frost protection.
  • Prefers full sun.
  • Likes a well drained, sandy/loamy soil.  Avoid waterlogged conditions.
  • Fairly salt tolerant.
  • Produces pods 12" - 14" (30 -35 cm) long.
  • Can reach up to 49 feet (15 metres) tall (but will be happy grown in a container and kept around 6 - 8 feet (1.8 - 2.4 metres)
  • Flowers in the Autumn.
  • Dried pods can be ground to produce carob flour, a substitute for cocoa powder.

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As with all alternative medicines and plants with purported medicinal benefits it is important to inform your health care providers that you are using them; this helps to ensure safe and coordinated care. We can accept no liability for any side effect or contingency from any allergy or any other cause or harm that may arise. If in doubt please do consult a medical practitioner before using.

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How To Grow Exotic Fruits
Basic guidance on how to plant and growing exotic fruits including Loquats, Citrus, Pineapple Guavas, Olives, Pomegranates and Passion Fruits.

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