Carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua L.

The Carob Tree belongs to the Fabaceae family which grows as an evergreen tree up to 10 m high with thick leafs pinnating with 3-5 leaflets. Their flowers are small and green. The Carob tree is native of the Mediterranean vegetation and is also cultivated by interplantation in North Africa.

 

Carob seed, Ceratonia semen

The natural resin extracted from the seeds through boiling with water. This resin is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and in food industry as a binding agent.

The seeds are precisely consistent in shape and size, therefore they are used as counterweight for valuable stones by jewelers in the history.

 

Carob fruit, Ceratonia fructus, Carob pods, Carob bean, Fruit de caroube, Harnup

The Carob fruits are the dried mature pods of Ceratonia siliqua L. The fruits are an indehiscent pod, elongated or curved, 10-20 cm long, 1.5-4 cm wide and about 0.5-1 cm thick, blackish brown, includes 10-15 seeds, with special odor and sugary taste.

The fruit is rich in carbohydrates (40-60 %) mainly sucrose (32-38 %), fructose (5-7 %) and glucose (5-6 %). It also contains dietary fibers (27-50 %), polyphenols, flavonoids and tannins (18-20 %). In addition, the fruit includes minerals of potassium, sodium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper along with vitamins and low amounts of protein (3-4 %) and lipids (0.4-0.8 %).

HerbaFarm Ground Carob

 

The fruits are collected from 100+ year-old trees in our certified organic farm located in Bodrum/Yalıkavak mountains, carefully ground with seeds, then packed with no preservatives used. According to the analysis report, our product includes 51.12 g unrefined sugar, 511 mg calcium, 4.41 mg iron, 938 mg potassium, 3.91 mg sodium, 0.71 mg Vitamin B6 in 100 grams.

 

The Use of HerbaFarm Ground Carob

 

Carob tea cures the respiratory system symptoms. One tablespoon of HerbaFarm Ground Carob added to a glass of water, boiled for 10 minutes. With no extra sugar added, can be consumed twice a day.

Two tablespoons of HerbaFarm Ground Carob (20 g bag) can be added to yogurt, muesli, soup, or salads.

HerbaFarm Ground Carob can be added to any cookie recipe instead of sugar and flour. It can be used for the bread as nutritional value. It is also can be used for the preparation of gluten-free foods.

Benefits of the Carob Fruit

 

Owing to the high unrefined natural sugar content along with vitamins and minerals, it can support the immune system and provide energy. Depending on the iron content, the fruits may be supported in the treatment of anemia. The pods are also helpful as an expectorant for bronchitis, in respiratory disorders and asthma. Thanks to the content of calcium, the fruits can be used as dietary supplement for osteoporose. The carob pods are also useful as a natural remedy for the impotence and prostate. It is also useful for gastro-intestinal disorders due to its Gluten-free property.

The fruits also support the digestive tract with its dietary fibers. It may be used to prevent free radical-related cell diseases as a natural antioxidant supplement owing to its strong scavenging effect on reactive oxygen and free radicals. It can be used for the treatment of diarrhea depending on tannins content and minerals.

* Standardization of carob pod extracts can be carried out for direct use as herbal medicine against various mentioned problems including antibacterial, anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatory properties. There are no side effects in toxicological tests.

Carob Cookie Recipe

 

GLUTENFREE AND NO SUGAR!

Ingredients

300 g HerbaFarm Ground Carob

400 g gluten-free flour

2 eggs

20 ml honey or molasses

100 g butter

10 g baking soda

* Optional – almond or walnut

Directions

First, mix the egg and butter thoroughly, add honey and continue kneading. Then add gluten-free flour and carob flour. Add baking soda to the dough and keep mixing. Add almonds and walnuts. You can use oiled pan or baking paper. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Cook 15-20 minutes with occasional control at 180 degrees celcius.

Carob Cake Recipe

 

GLUTENFREE AND NO SUGAR!

Ingredients

400 g HerbaFarm Ground Carob

300 g gluten-free flour

2 eggs

20 ml honey or molasses

50 ml natural extra virgin olive oil

200 ml milk

10 g baking soda

5 g cinnamon

2 grated carrots

* Optinal – almond or walnut

Directions

Eggs, honey, olive oil, almonds and milk are poured into a bowl and mixed. Carob flour and gluten-free flour are added. Then add baking soda and cinnamon and mix. Add fruits to the mixture and pour it into an oiled cake pan. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Cook for 20-25 minutes.