|CERATONIA SILIQUA - Carob, St. John's Bread |
Dioecious. This Mediterranean tree is adapted to the same range as the orange. It is slow growing, but needs little care once established. The fruits are thick leathery pods up to a foot long, containing seeds and sweet pulp (24-48% sugar), which ripen May to July. The pulp is edible raw or cooked. In the U.S., it is well known as a chocolate substitute. Legend says St. John ate the pods, thus the second common name.