I bought two carob trees. I wonder why carob traditionally is not used more to feed people and was mainly used for animals or when there have been food shortages. Is it because it tastes weird or because it is difficult to process? Does anyone use carob- I mean the pods not powder you buy at the shops.
They used to eat carob beans the shells of them in spain, especially during the war, suppsose its not a very sophisticted tatse for adults. The seeds are use to weigh jewles with i read, they are all the same weight thats why you buy gold in carats . Carat, carobs similar.agri rose macaskie.
tree crops - a permanent agriculture, by russell smith has a chapter on carob trees. 1953 edition.
CHAPTER VI A Stock-Food and Man-Food Tree-The Carob ... Carob beans are sold in many American cities where Medi- terranean peoples live. They are eaten from the hand as are apples, peanuts, and chestnuts. In Sicily they serve as candy. Almost any American child will eat them if he gets a chance. “Fruit of this tree is variously known as carob, carob bean, al- garoba, algarroba, karoub, caroubier, locust, sweet bread, sugar pod, and St. John’s bread.” (Scientific American, January 11, ‘913J
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