Carobs grow on a carob tree and hang from the branches of the tree in bunches. From the point of flowering, It takes 11 months for the carobs pods to
mature on the tree ready for harvesting. Carob is a superfood and has been used since ancient Egyptian times.
There are male carob trees, female carob trees and hermaphrodite carob trees. Male trees only produce flower for pollination of the female trees and the male trees will never produce any carob pods. Female trees produce carob pods and need the pollination from either a male flowering tree or a hermaphrodite flowering tree. Hermaphrodite trees produce both male and female flowers, so it can pollinate it’s self to produce carob pods and also pollinate other female trees close by. There are many different varieties of carob trees and we only selected varieties to plant based on the taste of the carob pods.
Carob contains many health benefits, which depending on how the plant is prepared, can be used as a natural remedy for human health issues. The pod consists of three different parts; the outer husk, the nutritive endosperm and the inner seed.
It was carob pods – rather than locusts grasshopper that sustained John the baptist while he lived in the wilderness preparing the world for the messiah,
Jesus Christ. Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the carob tree (from Arabic خَرُّوبٌ kharrūb and Hebrew חרוב haruv), St. John's-bread, or locust bean or simply locust-tree, is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, and as an
ornamental tree in gardens. The ripe, dried pod is often ground into carob powder, which is used to replace cocoa or cacao powder. Australian new generation sweet premium organic carob is the world's best quality, best tasting carob.
Carobs contain essential vitamins and are a healthy alternative to most snack foods. Carobs are beneficial as they:
Contain tannins that are rich in gallic acid
Gallic acid provides anti-allergic, antiseptic and anti-bacterial benefits
Contains D-Pinitol - Medical research into d-pinitol has indicated that it has an insulin-like function and may help regulate the body’s metabolism and lower blood glucose levels.
Rich in insoluble fibre. Good source of vitamin E. Contain Thiamin (vitamin B), Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Niacin (vitamin A), alpha-tocopherol, and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2). Full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. High in potassium and magnesium. Gluten free. Caffeine-free. Theobromine-free.
100% natural with no chemicals or preservatives. Have 2-3 times the amount of calcium compared to cocoa. Free of a migraine-triggering compound.
Have been used as a remedy for stomach ailments and thought to aid in digestion. May help in lowering cholesterol
Unsweetened carob ranks 15 on the Glycemic Index, providing healthy option for conventional, diabetic, and paleo dietary lifestyles.