What are carobs?
Carob trees (Rubus idaeus) are native to Africa and Asia. They grow up to 30 feet tall and have small, round leaves with purple veins. Their flowers bloom from April through June. The fruit of these trees contain seeds which can germinate in three months or less if protected from cold temperatures. These seeds produce new plants after several years of growth.
The name “carob” comes from the Greek word karbos meaning “to bake.” When the fruit is cooked, it becomes soft and creamy like milk.
Its flavor is similar to buttermilk. The fruit has been used in baking since ancient times because of its high sugar content and rich color. Today, it’s considered one of the most nutritious fruits available to humans due to its vitamin C content, fiber, potassium and other nutrients such as iron and calcium.
Why do I need to care for my carob tree?
Carnations are popularly known as the “king of all flowers,” but they’re not really king of anything. All flowering plants require water and sunlight to survive. If you don’t provide either, your plant will wither and die. That’s why it’s so important to give your carob tree enough water and sun every day. You should also be sure to trim back the tree’s long and unruly branches to keep it from dying because it’s getting too much sun.
Carob trees are native to the Middle East and North Africa where they grow in arid climates. They thrive in rocky and hilly areas where other plants aren’t able to survive.
Carnations get most of their water from deep underground aquifers where it seeps slowly through the soil. Carnations are also able to extract moisture from the air at night, making it unnecessary for them to ever be watered.
Where can I buy carob tree seeds?
Carob trees are often considered weeds that grow in rocky or sandy soil. They are typically found growing along roadsides and dry riverbeds. Carnations are popular for soil erosion because their roots grow deeply into the ground and prevent the topsoil from washing away.
At your local nursery, you might find carob trees available for purchase in specially designed planters. They may also be growing in large plastic containers filled with soil.
Carnations can be expensive if you buy them from a garden center or nursery, but they’re relatively easy to grow from seed.
How do I plant my carob tree?
Carob trees are big and beautiful when fully grown. They make wonderful additions to any garden or landscape. Carnations are easy to grow, but before the tree can bloom it must first be planted. You should choose a location in your yard that gets sun for most of the day.
The soil in your yard should be a sandy and loamy mixture that drains well. Carnations thrive in such conditions, but they can also grow in rocky and hilly areas where other plants wouldn’t be able to survive.
Ideally, you should plant your tree in fall because this will give it enough time to establish itself before growing season starts in the spring.
What is carob tree fertilizer?
If you’re going to grow a carob tree, it’s important to know about carob tree fertilizer. You don’t want your tree to starve to death or die of starvation because you didn’t give it enough food. In addition, you need to be aware that some fertilizers are better for the carob tree than others. Carnations require special types of soil to grow properly and produce seed-pods which develop into new plants.
You should always consult with a nursery professional before applying any type of fertilizer to your carob tree. Fertilizer can either be synthetic or organic, and most are a combination of both.
Before you buy anything, ask the nursery grows Carnations to help you find the best type of fertilizer for your needs.
How do I take care of my carob tree?
Carnations don’t need much attention after they’ve been planted. You should water your tree whenever the soil begins to feel dry. During very hot and dry summers, you may need to water it once a day. But don’t overdo it or else you might end up with the soil becoming too wet which can be just as detrimental to your carob tree’s health.
You should also consider adding chicken manure and grass clippings around the base of your carob tree (but not directly underneath it) to provide it with much-needed nutrients. Organic material such as this will help your carob tree grow faster and produce more seed pods.
Just be careful not to overdo it because too much manure or grass clippings can cause the roots of your tree to rot.
When is the best time to harvest carob seeds?
Once your carob tree is ready, usually in the spring or summer, you’ll be able to collect and use carob seeds. Carob trees usually produce a large amount of pods, so you’ll have more than enough to use for your purposes. Once you see the little pods are ripe and ready to be harvested, you should do so as soon as possible.
You can recognize ripe carob pods because they’ll be slightly golden in color and soft to the touch. When you open them up, the seeds should be dark brown.
The process is very similar to when you open a pistachio. Never force open the pod or else you’ll damage the seeds.
If you see any green pods, do not use them for food because they have not fully ripened yet. You can still use them for planting more carob trees but not for human consumption.
It’s best to harvest the pods in the morning because they are most ripe and ready to be picked at that time.
How do I process carob seeds?
Before you can use carob seeds for food or for planting, you first need to process them. This is an easy and simple process that only takes a few minutes of your time. All you need are some basic kitchen supplies and your bare hands.
The first thing you need to do is remove the pods from the tree and place them in a bucket or bag. You should avoid touching the seeds with your bare hands because they might have a tiny amount of bacteria on them.
Although this is not a problem when eating the seeds, it can cause problems when planting them.
Once you’ve got your bucket or bag full of pods, take them inside and lay a newspaper out on your kitchen counter. Use a sharp knife to cut open the pod so you can see the seeds inside.
Take each pod and crush it in your hands using medium pressure. The seeds should begin to fall out into the newspaper. Continue doing this until you can no longer see any more seeds. Use a spoon to gather all of the seeds and place them in a bowl or on a plate. They are now ready to be used for food or planted in your backyard!
Does it matter which type of carob tree I plant?
There are many different types of carob trees so it can be hard to decide which one to pick. Some carob trees produce pods with sweeter seeds while others have seeds that have a more bitter taste. Some trees even produce pods with both sweet and bitter seeds.
The type of carob tree you decide on completely depends on your personal taste. You can try different types out to see which one you like the best.
Carob trees grow fairly quickly so you should have plenty of time to test them all out!
Carob beans are very healthy for you whether they are raw or cooked. They can be eaten as a meal all by themselves.
You can also grind them up and use them in recipes that call for chocolate. They make a great substitute because they have a very similar taste and consistency to chocolate. If you’re ever caught in the wild without food, carob beans can also sustain life for a short amount of time if no other food is available.
How should I dry the seeds?
After you’ve picked your carob beans, you need to decide how you want to dry them. You can either air dry them or use a dehydrator.
Air drying them is the more natural way of drying them but it can take several days for them to fully dry. Dehydrators use artificial means to dry the pods but it doesn’t take nearly as long.
Whichever you decide to do, spread the carob seeds out on a paper plate, dish, or some other flat surface. Place them in a dark, dry place with temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Check on them every 12 hours to see if they’re dry. It usually takes between 2 and 4 days for them to fully dry in a dryer and up to 2 weeks if you’re air drying them. When they’re dry enough for your taste, put them in a glass jar and seal it shut.
When you want to use some, grab a few and soak them in water for about 10 minutes before consuming them. They can also be ground up with a food processor or grinder and then added to recipes that call for chocolate.
You may also want to take the dry carob seeds and grind them up before putting them in a glass jar. This will make it easier to consume since you won’t have to worry about soaking them before eating.
How do I use carob powder or beans?
Carob is very versatile and can be used in many recipes. It is commonly used to make puddings, cakes, chocolate, ice cream, and more. You can also grind carob pods into a powder and then add it to recipes that call for chocolate. You can even add it to other recipes that don’t contain chocolate at all!
Carob is good for you no matter how you consume it. In fact, carob pods are even better for you than regular cocoa beans.
If you’re ever lost or stranded in the wilderness and have to forage for food, keep an eye out for carob trees. They just might save your life one day!
What are some alternatives to carob?
While carob is a great source of food, it’s not readily available in some places. If carob isn’t growing locally to you, don’t worry, there are still other alternatives that you can find.
Many grocery stores sell different types of beans. You can buy some and try to make them into something edible.
They won’t be as good as carob but they’ll still be good for you and possibly even have the same taste.
Other than that, you can forage for different types of edible plants. Check out the Wikipedia page for edible plants in your area , do some research, or ask a park ranger if you’re ever in a survival situation.
Remember: Don’t eat anything unless you can positively identify it. Even then, you should only eat a little bit of it at first to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction or get sick from it.
Why not try something new?
Now that you know how to grow your own carob tree and the many benefits of eating carob, you’re probably wondering where you can buy some.
Due to legal complications, carob isn’t very easy to find in stores in North America. If you live in North America, the best option is to grow your own carob tree.
You can also buy carob online from specialty stores like this one:
Sources & references used in this article:
Carob tree: Ceratonia siliqua L.-Promoting the conservation and use of underutilized and neglected crops. 17. by I Battle, J Tous – 1997 – books.google.com
Carob tree by I Batlle, J Tous – Ceratonia siliqua, 1997 – bioversityinternational.org
Current situation and possibilities of development of the carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) in the Mediterranean region. by I Batlle – NUCIS Newsletter, 1997 – cabdirect.org