Carob Ceratonia siliqua
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Carob
How to Use: Carob
Carob is a healthy substitute for chocolate that is lower in calories. Roasted carob is naturally sweeter, (or not as bitter), as unsweetened chocolate, so it can be made palatable with less added sugar in recipes. Carob has a number of advantages over chocolate: it is hypoallergenic, and hypoglycemic. 1 The true trick to enjoying carob is to not expect it to taste exactly like chocolate,(and be forever disappointed), but to learn to appreciate carob for its own unique taste.
Preparation Methods & Dosage : Carob powder and extracts can be substituted in place of cocoa in many recipes. Carob also makes a great tasting tea, alone or as a component of tea blends.
History and Traditions & FolkloreCarob was eaten in Ancient Egypt, Rome and figures in passages from both the bible and the Talmud.
CAROB-TREE, or Ceratonia siliqua, is a small tree of the Mediterranean coasts. It furnishes the St. John's Bread which probably corresponds to the husks of the Prodigal Son parable, and the seed which is said to have been the original jewellers' carat weight.Grieve, Margaret (2012-03-15). A Modern Herbal, Vol. I: 1 (Kindle Locations 6589-6592). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.