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St. Johns bread

Leguminosae Ceratonia siliqua L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The carob tree is of medium size, occasionally up to 50 feet, with compound, evergreen leaves. It is hardier than citrus, drought resistant and long lived. The tree is a legume, and the fruits are fleshy pods, up to a foot long and about an inch wide, containing 3 to 6 seeds. Both pods and seeds are edible. Carobs are grown mainly for livestock feed, but the finely ground pods and seeds make a sweet, nutritious human food.

Season, bloom to mature: 6 to 8 months.

Production in U.S.: Not commercial, numerous scattered trees in semi-tropical areas.

Use: Livestock feed. Ground for human consumption.

Part of fruit consumed: All of pod and seeds.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch