Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds
Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds
Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds

Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds

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** not available to WA or International buyers due to quarantine restrictions.

"Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the carob tree (from Arabic  kharrūb and Hebrew חרוב haruv), St John's-bread, or locust bean (not to be confused with the African 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 to carob powder, which is used to replace cocoa powder. Carob bars, an alternative to chocolate bars, are often available in health-food stores.

The carob tree is native to the Mediterranean region, including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the larger Mediterranean islands, the Levant and Middle-East of Western Asia into Iran; and the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.  The carat, a unit of mass for gemstones, and of purity for gold, takes its name, indirectly, from the Arabic word for a carob seed, carrat.

Carob consumed by humans is the dried (and sometimes roasted) pod. The pod consists of two main parts: the pulp accounts for 90% and the seeds for 10% of the pod weight.  

Carob is mildly sweet and is used in powdered, chip, or syrup form as an ingredient in cakes and cookies, and as a substitute for chocolate. Carob bars are widely available in health food stores. A traditional sweet, eaten during Lent and Good Friday, is also made from carob pods in Malta. Dried carob fruit is traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat.

While chocolate contains levels of theobromine which are toxic to some mammals, carob contains absolutely no caffeine and no theobromine, so is used to make chocolate-flavored treats for dogs".  Information retrieved from wikipedia  24 August 2017

Mature carob trees produce an abundant crop of large, flat seed pods every other year, which can be harvested and used to propagate new trees. Carob seeds germinate reliably in summer when planted in moist, sterile growing mixture and kept under warm, bright conditions. However, the seeds possess a tough, impermeable outer hull that must be softened before planting to hasten germination.

The Chakra Garden can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. 

Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.

"Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed  Seedpod
Edible Uses: Chocolate  Coffee  Egg  Gum

Seedpods - raw or ground into a powder. The seedpods are filled with a saccharine pulp and can be eaten both green or dried. They are very sweet but fibrous, the pulp can be used as a chocolate substitute in cakes, drinks etc. It is rich in sugars and protein. The pods contain about 55% sugars, 10% protein and 6% fat. Seed - rich in protein. A flour is made from them which is 60% protein, it is free from sugar and starch and is suitable for baking. It can be used as a chocolate substitute. An edible gum is extracted from the seed, a substitute for Gum Tragacanth (see Astragalus species). A stabilizer and thickening agent, it is also used as an egg substitute. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.

Medicinal Uses

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Antidiarrhoeal  Antiemetic  Astringent  Demulcent  Emollient  Purgative

The pulp in the seedpods of carob is very nutritious and, due to its high sugar content, sweet-tasting and mildly laxative. However, the pulp in the pods is also astringent and, used in a decoction, will treat diarrhoea and gently help to cleanse and also relieve irritation within the gut. Whilst these appear to be contradictory effects, carob is an example of how the body responds to herbal medicines in different ways, according to how the herb is prepared and according to the specific medical problem. The seedpods are also used in the treatment of coughs. A flour made from the ripe seedpods is demulcent and emollient. It is used in the treatment of diarrhoea. The seed husks are astringent and purgative. The bark is strongly astringent. A decoction is used in the treatment of diarrhoea.

Edible Shrubs provides detailed information, attractively presented, on over 70 shrub species. They have been selected to provide a mix of different plant sizes and growing conditions. Most provide delicious and nutritious fruit, but many also have edible leaves, seeds, flowers, stems or roots, or they yield edible or useful oil.

Other Uses

Cosmetic  Gum  Tannin  Wood

A flour made from the seedpods is used in the cosmetic industry to make face-packs. Tannin is obtained from the bark. Wood - hard, lustrous. Highly valued by turners, it is also used for marquetry and walking sticks.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming  Nitrogen Fixer"Edible and medicinal information retrieved from PFAF 20 March 2020

How to grow Carob Seeds

"Soak the carob seeds in cool water for one to two hours. Gently rub the seeds to remove the sticky, dried-on pulp. Rinse them thoroughly and lay them flat on a sheet of paper towel for a few hours to dry.

Rub the edge of each carob seed with a fine rasp to weaken the hull. Rub gently until the brown outer coat thins and the light inner hull is exposed. Do not rub all the way through the hull since the seed can die.

Place the carob seeds in a bowl. Heat water on the stovetop until it begins to boil. Remove the water from the heat and pour it over the seeds until they are covered. Soak the seeds for 24 hours.

Prepare growing containers while the carob seeds soak. Fill 4-inch peat pots with a mixture of half sterile compost and half perlite. Pour water onto the mixture until it is saturated. Press the surface lightly to extract the excess moisture.

Poke a 1 1/2-inch-deep planting hole in each growing container. Sow one carob seed in each planting hole. Cover the seeds with sterile compost. Drizzle water onto the compost to settle it around the seed.

Warm the bottom of the peat pots using a propagation mat or heating coil. Maintain a temperature of 70 Fahreneheit at all times during the germination process. Do not lower the temperature since it may cause the seeds to go dormant.

Maintain a constant level of light moisture in the growing mixture while the carob seeds germinate. Allow the surface of the growing mixture to dry out slightly before watering again.

Watch for germination in 30 to 45 days. Turn the propagation mat off once the seedlings emerge. Decrease watering to prevent a fungal infection called damping-off. Allow the top 1/2 inch of the growing mixture to dry out between waterings.

Transplant the carob seedlings once they grow to 3 inches in height. Tear off the bottom of the peat pots and transplant them directly into the garden or into large containers filled with a soil mixture of half loam and half sand.

Things You Will Need

Scissors     Paper towel     Fine rasp     Bowl     Peat pots     Sterile compost     Perlite     Shallow tray     

Propagation mat     Fluorescent lamp     1-gallon nursery containers     Loam     Sand

Tip

Carob trees tolerate smog, drought and salt spray, so they make ideal shade trees in urban coastal areas".

Growing information retrieved from homeguides 24 August 2017 1247 AEST

Note:   All care has been taken to ensure your seeds are of the highest quality.  No responsibility is accepted by the seller for germination rates.

*****Please note:   These are seeds only and NOT live plants!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of these seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.


The Chakra Garden can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. 

Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.


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