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Carob (Ceratonia siliqua)

Carob is a unique plant that does not require much maintenance at all, it will thrive even on rocky soil condition and with little water possible.

Cultivated around the world for its sweet and nutritious fruits, carob seeds were once used to weigh gold, which is where the word ‘carat’ is derived. The Spanish brought carob growing to Mexico and South America, and the British introduced carob trees to South Africa, India and Australia.

Thriving in Mediterranean-like climes, carob grows well anywhere that citrus grows and is grown for its fruit (pod), which is most familiarly known for its use ground into a flour and substituted for cocoa beans. Carob powder is a healthy alternative to cocoa powder, although minimally processed cocoa powder has some health benefits of its own. Since carob powder is naturally sweet, there's no need to add sugar or other sweeteners when using it in your favorite recipes.

The long, flat brown carob pods (4 to 12 inches (10 to 30.5 cm.)) also contain a polysaccharide gum, which is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, and is used in many products.

Our Carob Plant is very healthy looking plant and have had some good growth.


 

Plant Care 

Light

Prefers a sunny site 

Water

Only little water possible

Soil

Will grow in poorer soils. They will even grow in a wide range of pH levels from 4.0 to 8.5. They don't like water clogging or much water at all.

Fertilizer

Addition of organic matter or fertiliser will increase growth and yield. Old manure will work wonders

Wind

Hardy

Frost

Frost tender when young. Once established thy can be very hardy up to -5. Most suited to warm temperate climates.

Fruiting

6 years from planting

Pruning

Minimal pruning required to maintain desired shape and size. Remove dead or diseased branches. 

 

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