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Carob

Ceratonia siliqua

a.k.a. St. John's Bread

Brown-black podded fruit containing a number of seeds, both of which can be ground up and used as a chocolate substitute.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.

Description

Medium sized tree from 30-50ft. The carob is subtropical, and actually grows best in Mediterranean climates.

Hardiness

Hardy to about 20F, and can easily withstand temperatures to 120F.

Growing Environment

Trees are very drought tolerant, and need little water throughout much of the year. Plants are often slow growing.

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Fruits are ground and used as a chocolate substitute in desserts, health foods, and number of other things.

Native Range

Native to eastern portions of the Mediterranean Sea region, from the Middle East, to Greece, and Northern Africa.

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