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Carob: an acquired taste:

Carob Carob (Ceratonia siliqua) is a flowering evergreen tree or shrub It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, and as an ornamental tree in gardens and landscapes. The carob tree is native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East where the trees can still be found growing wild. The trees can grow up to 15 m tall, the fruit is a legume (also known commonly, but less accurately, as a pod), that is elongated, compressed, straight, or curved.
The ripe, dried, and sometimes toasted pods are naturally sweet, not bitter, and contain no theobromite or caffeine. The pods are often ground into carob powder, “which is sometimes used to replace cocoa powder”. Carob bars and carob chips are often available in health food stores.
Carob is also known as "St John's bread" and "locust tree". The unit “carat “used in the Middle East for weighing precious metals and stones, came from the practice of weighing gold and gemstones against the seeds of the carob tree. The system was e…

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