Ceratonia siliqua   Carob

Ceratonia siliqua

This tree is of historical importance in Mediterranean countries where its pods have been used as a source of sweetening or for animal feed for centuries. The uniformity of the seeds in the carob was used as a standard for defining the carat = 200g - a unit still used for measuring gold content. Recent studies have shown that the carob seeds were subject to variation just like any other seed but the small or large ones were easy to spot and therefore removed.

Road out of Ano Stallos 4th April 2007

Added on 15th January 2007, updated 28th November 2008, updated 12th March 2010

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