[NAFEX] Carob

rob hamilton lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Mon May 10 10:19:50 EDT 2004

Lon do you know of anyone who has tried to cross Carob
with honey locust (assuming it can be crossed)to get
more hardyness out of the carob tree or more pulp from
honey locust?

--- "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com> wrote:
> I used to eat Carob pods regularly and can relate
> from experience that it's
> the pod itself, not the seed, that is used for carob
> powder.  The pod is
> extremely thick and full of sugars and when dry, is
> quite sugary inside,
> while the seeds are extremely hard and if not
> actually inedible, are so hard
> and make up such a small volume compared to the pod,
> I can't see using them.
> The native Honey Locust is very similar, though it
> doesn't have as much
> sweet pulp as the carob.
>   Carob is grown as a street tree in parts of
> California, but it takes a
> long, dry season to mature the pods well.  Any rain
> on it when it is mature
> and the pods quickly go sour and spoil.  I believe
> there were (are?) a
> couple of commercial growers in southern California,
> but it has been a
> while, so I don't remember who they are now.
> The Carob Tree/Egyptian Thorn, Ceratoria siliqua,
> another leguminous tree,
> yields seeds from which Carob Powder is derived, is
> used as a cocoa
> substitute by those seeking to
> avoid  theobromine and caffeine.
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