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CAROB

Botanical Name: Ceratonia siliqua
Description

Carob - Ceratonia siliquaThis elegant tree is the great chocolate impersonator! Carob is a delicious low fat food often referred to as "fake chocolate" due to its similarities to cocoa in taste and texture. A Mediterranean tree, it favours arid conditions that are naturally alien to fungus and pests. It is very tough, happily growing in poor soils, it acts as a soil improver and stabiliser as well as providing an interesting crop.  The tree can take up to 15 years to bear pods from a seedling however a grafted Carob such as the Clifford can take less then 5 years. The Carob Tree fruits well into old age with a large tree producing up to 1 ton of beans per harvest. The pods can be eaten fresh and are a delightful lolly-type stick for children to chew on.

The Pods seeds and fruit of the carob fruit tree

Carob

This elegant tree is often referred to as "fake chocolate" due to its similarities to cocoa in taste and texture. A Mediterranean tree, favouring arid conditions. Seedlings can be Male, Female, or bisexual. Prefers well drained soil.
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$14.90 0 Seedling MT Email Me When Available In Production
$14.75 0 Seedling ST Email Me When Available
Carobs hanging off a carob tree

Carob - Clifford

This one of the two available HERMAPHRODITES (self pollinating) which makes it a must for all orchards. The medium size beans are of good quality with 50%+ sugar content. An early fruit bearer on young trees. Yields are excellent with irrigation. This is the best variety we have.
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  $49.00 0 Grafted 4litre Email Me When Available In Production

Plant Information or Specifications

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

+10m

Plants required to Pollinate

3 Plants (Male and Female)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

March, April, May, June

 

Customer Comments on Carob

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Carob - grafted

Plant halfway up a west facing slope | Rolf - Bankstown, NSW 07-Dec-2005

Carob - grafted

Try before you buy the daleys grafted carob tree . Quik taste test Shop and Importer location : Mr Khalil S. Arjah, 214 The Boulevarde, Punchbowl NSW 2196 Ph.97598464 . Their chopped carob tastes better than carob powder . | R O L F - Bankstown, NSW 30-May-2006
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Fruits of Warm Climates by Julia F. Morton
Carob Growing in Australia

Search of Carob Flour from Nutritional Data Laboratory

Carob flour

NDB No: 16055 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)
Scientific Name:  Ceratonia siliqua
Refuse: 0%  

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams
Number
of Data
Points
Std.
Error
Proximates
Water
g
3.58
12
0.748
Energy
kcal
222
0
0
Energy
kj
929
0
0
Protein
g
4.62
40
0.707
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.65
32
0.062
Ash
g
2.27
40
0.097
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
88.88
0
0
Fiber, total dietary
g
39.8
0
0
Sugars, total
g
49.08
0
0
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
348
10
129.116
Iron, Fe
mg
2.94
10
0.314
Magnesium, Mg
mg
54
6
84.056
Phosphorus, P
mg
79
4
53.466
Potassium, K
mg
827
6
113.074
Sodium, Na
mg
35
2
0
Zinc, Zn
mg
0.92
7
0.189
Copper, Cu
mg
0.571
6
0.009
Manganese, Mn
mg
0.508
5
0.008
Selenium, Se
mcg
5.3
1
0
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
0.2
1
0
Thiamin
mg
0.053
8
0.006
Riboflavin
mg
0.461
7
0.131
Niacin
mg
1.897
8
0.146
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.047
4
0.015
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.366
4
0.045
Folate, total
mcg
29
1
0
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
0
Folate, food
mcg
29
1
0
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
29
0
0
Choline, total
mg
11.9
0
0
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
0
Vitamin B-12, added
mcg
0.00
0
0
Vitamin A, IU
IU
14
0
0
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
1
0
0
Retinol
mcg
0
0
0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
mg
0.63
0
0
Vitamin E, added
mg
0.00
0
0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
mcg
0.0
0
0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.090
0
0
4:0
g
0.000
0
0
6:0
g
0.000
0
0
8:0
g
0.000
0
0
10:0
g
0.000
0
0
12:0
g
0.000
0
0
14:0
g
0.001
0
0
16:0
g
0.072
0
0
18:0
g
0.014
0
0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
0.197
0
0
16:1 undifferentiated
g
0.004
0
0
18:1 undifferentiated
g
0.194
0
0
20:1
g
0.000
0
0
22:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.216
0
0
18:2 undifferentiated
g
0.212
0
0
18:3 undifferentiated
g
0.004
0
0
18:4
g
0.000
0
0
20:4 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
20:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
22:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
22:6 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
0
Amino acids
Tryptophan
g
0.048
0
0
Threonine
g
0.271
0
0
Isoleucine
g
0.209
0
0
Leucine
g
0.442
0
0
Lysine
g
0.196
0
0
Methionine
g
0.081
0
0
Cystine
g
0.029
0
0
Phenylalanine
g
0.151
0
0
Tyrosine
g
0.120
0
0
Valine
g
0.446
0
0
Arginine
g
0.130
0
0
Histidine
g
0.122
0
0
Alanine
g
0.584
0
0
Aspartic acid
g
0.503
0
0
Glutamic acid
g
0.362
0
0
Glycine
g
0.267
0
0
Proline
g
0.354
0
0
Serine
g
0.304
0
0
Other
Alcohol, ethyl
g
0.0
0
0
Caffeine
mg
0
0
0
Theobromine
mg
0
0
0
Carotene, beta
mcg
8
0
0
Carotene, alpha
mcg
0
0
0
Cryptoxanthin, beta
mcg
0
0
0
Lycopene
mcg
0
0
0
Lutein + zeaxanthin
mcg
0
0
0

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