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.I have put a bit of info about Chocolate and dogs eating it. Well dogs can eat it as long as it is from a Carob Tree. Natural with no added bits and if you have the time to wait they fall off the tree in front of you.
. That is if the humans do not shake the branches then loads come down and you have to watch you don’t get one on your head. I have been running down there every day to get the fresh ones. There is some law around here that says that the Carobs are to be collected by the local folk.
. that’s right the local gypsies have the rights to pick carabs from anywhere in Spain I will have to find out more and add it here when I have. For now though I have put some info together from various websites.
The Carob tree (from Arabic: ???? “khar?b” and Hebrew: ???? Charuv), Ceratonia siliqua, is a leguminous evergreen shrub or tree of the family Leguminosae (pulse family) native to the Mediterranean region. It is cultivated for its edible seed pods. Carobs are also known as St. John’s bread. According to tradition of some Christians, St. John the Baptist subsisted on them in the wilderness. A similar legend exists of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son. MorphologyThis tree grows up to 10 meters tall. The crown is broad and semi-spherical, supported by a thick trunk with brown rough bark and sturdy branches. Leaves are 10–20 cm long, alternate, pinnate, and may or may not have a terminal leaflet.Most carob trees are dioecious. The trees blossom in autumn (September-October). The flowers are small and numerous, spirally arranged along the inflorescence axis in catkin-like racemes borne on spurs from old wood and even on the trunk (cauliflory); they are pollinated by both wind and insects. Male flowers produce a characteristic odour, resembling semen. The fruit is a pod which can be elongated, compressed, straight or curved, and thickened at the sutures. The pods take a full year to develop and ripen – up to the next flowering season, the following autumn. The ripe pods eventually fall to the ground and are eaten by various mammals, thereby dispersing the seed.Carob is a member of the legume family, and as such its roots host Rhizobia bacteria which live in symbiosis with the tree and convert atmospheric nitrogen into nitrates which can be used by plants to make proteins. Habitat It grows well in warm temperate and subtropical areas and tolerates hot and humid coastal areas. It is a xerophytic (drought-resistant) species, well adapted to the ecological conditions of the Mediterranean region, present in the altiplanic desert of South America. The deep root systems of these trees are intolerant of waterlogging. The carob tree is typical in the southern Portuguese region of the Algarve, where it has the name alfarrobeira (for the tree), and alfarroba (for the fruit), as well as in southern Spain (Spanish: algarrobo, algarroba), Malta (Maltese: ?arruba), on the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia (Italian: carrubo, carruba)and in South Greece as well as many Greek islands such as Crete and Samos. The common Greek name is Charoupia ,[????????: ????????]. The various trees known as algarrobo in Latin America (Hymenaea courbaril in Colombia and four kinds of Prosopis in Argentina and Paraguay) belong to a different family, the Cesalpinaceae.It also grows on the island of Crete in Greece. Note that old pods can stay on tree for years HistoryCeratonia siliqua, the scientific name of the carob tree, derives from the Greek keráti?n (????????), “fruit of the carob” (from keras [?????] “horn”), and Latin siliqua “pod, carob.” The term “carat“, the unit by which diamond weight is measured, is also derived from the Greek word keráti?n (????????), alluding to an ancient practice of people in the Middle Ea
st weighing gold and gemstones against the seeds of the carob tree. The system was eventually standardized and one carat was fixed at 0.2 grams.In late Roman and early Byzantine times the pure gold coin known as the solidus weighed 24 carat seeds (about 4.5 grams). As a result, the carat also became a measure of purity for gold. Thus 24 carat gold means 100% pure, 12 carat gold means the alloy contains 50% gold, etc.Subsistence on carob pods is mentioned in the Talmud and the New Testament. Traditional usesCarob was eaten in Ancient Egypt. It was also a common sweetener and was used in the hieroglyph for “sweet” (nedjem). Dried carob fruit is traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat. Carob juice drinks are traditionally drunk during the Islamic month of Ramadan.Carob pods were the most important source of sugar before sugarcane and sugar beets became widely available. Nowadays, the seeds are processed for the use in cosmetics, curing tobacco, and making paper.Modern usesCarob powder and carob chips are used as an ingredient in cakes and cookies. Carob is sometimes used as a substitute for chocolate. However, there is a significant difference in flavour. Carob is better suited to accompany fruit cooking (e.g. Apple and Carob cake) as it is milder and isn’t as bitter as chocolate. The seeds, also known as locust beans, are used as animal feed. They are also the source of locust bean gum, a thickening agent used in making gelato. In Egypt, carobs are consumed as a snack. Crushed pods are used to make a refreshing drink. Compotes and liqueurs are made from carob in Portugal, Spain and Sicily. Carob has proven effective in relieving diarrhea in infants.