Carob Tree

Ceratonia siliqua

One of the world’s best natural sweeteners, the leathery pods are commonly ground as a substitute for cocoa and have been cultivated throughout the Mediterranean as a staple food source for thousands of years. A tough drought-tolerant shade tree that also makes an ideal windbreak in our dry climate. Needs male and female plants to produce the delectable pods so plant a few to ensure good pollination.

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Carob Tree

Not only is Carob beneficial to our health, it makes a fine evergreen shade tree and, being a member of the legume family, it improves soils too. A healthy alternative for caffeine and chocolate addicts, it's high in antioxidants and vitamin E and helps improve digestive health and lowers cholesterol. Medium growth rate.

How to grow

Plant in full sun in free draining soil. Tolerates dry, rocky soils and harsh semi-arid climates. Restrict watering during pod maturation to improve sugar content. Prune to create compact dense growth if planting as a hedge, or to reduce suckering and improve branch structure.

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