HELEN JOFFEE, BSc Deg, Phytotherapy, Clinical Herbalist
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Carob pod or Ceratonia siliqua, is both a healthy food and medicine. Native to southeastern Europe, western Asia and northern Africa, it is a large evergreen tree growing up to 30 feet tall. The tree does not bear fruit for sometimes 15 years, but thereafter bears plenty. One tree can harvest up to one ton of fruit in a single picking!
Used within ancient Egypt it was eaten as a delicacy, aphrodisiac and used to treat ailments of the digestion. The 1st century Greek physician Dioscorides wrote that ‘carob acted to relive stomach pain and settle the digestion’.
Carob pods are nutritious being high in sugars, fats, starch, proteins and vitamins. The bean, seeds and pods are edible. It is the ground seeds that are used in place of cocoa. The pods are often used as cattle feed and in times of famine people would supplement with carob pods. Also known as St. John’s bread or locust bean gum.
Today Carob is mainly used as a healthy alternative to chocolate as it is both nourishing and sweet, having naturally occurring sugars it does not require as much added sugar as chocolate does and does not have the caffeine or theobromine that chocolate has, which can have harmful effects such as causing anxiety, upsetting the digestion or being overly stimulating.
In medicine, Carob pods have a naturally occurring substance called pinitol, which belongs to a group of inositols or non-caloric sugars. This pinotil is thought to help with diabetics or people with insulin resistance, as it reduces insulin resistance by aiding the muscles ability to absorb glucose and increase cellular metabolism.
One can in fact see that this is not only just a yummy food or tea; it’s nutritious & good for you!