I have the Thornless Variety of the Chilean Mesquite, and it is a Beauty! In Malta, a traditional sweet called karamelli tal-harrub and eaten during the Christian holidays of Lent and Good Friday is made from carob pods. It could be there are variations in the Chilean mesquites and their hybrids, and we may have just gotten stuck with a very annoying one. Carob tree care dictates establishing the carob tree in an area of the landscape in full sun and well drained soil. The system was eventually standardized, and one carat was fixed at 0.2 gram. Farm experience indicates carob trees are suited to the marginally productive agricultural land in the Murray Valley.  The orchards are traditionally planted in low densities of 25–45 trees per hectare. The pods take a full year to develop and ripen. I would not recommend this tree is you are not active in your garden. Nitrogen-fertilizing of the plants has been shown to have positive impacts on yield performance. As a result, the carat also became a measure of purity for gold.  In Malta, a carob syrup (ġulepp tal-ħarrub) is made out of the pods. , Although cultivated extensively, carob can still be found growing wild in eastern Mediterranean regions, and has become naturalized in the west. PIJ #58, March-May 1996 by Frances Lang Carob, or St John’s Bread, is known in the botanical world as Ceratonia siliqua from the Caesalpiniaceae family. Domesticated carobs (C. s. var. Carob bars, an alternative to chocolate bars, are often available in health-food stores. One pest directly associated with carob is the larva of the carob moth (Myelois ceratoniae Z. Carob pods are mildly sweet on their own (being roughly 1/3 to 1/2 sugar by dry weight), so they are used in powdered, chip or syrup form as an ingredient in cakes and cookies, sometimes as a substitute for chocolate in recipes because of the color, texture, and taste of carob. CAROB TREE (Ceratonia siliqua) Average expected life of tree, in years, from sprout to death: The carob tree is a long lived evergreen tree and will live for over 100 years and can live to 200 years b) Years until trees first fruit: The carob tree is slow growing and traditionally would not produce […] It grows well in warm temperate and subtropical areas, and tolerates hot and humid coastal areas. The ripe, dried pod is often ground to carob powder, which is used to replace cocoa powder.  After being irrigated with saline water in the summer, carob trees could possibly recover during winter rainfalls. Carob trees grow up to 15 meters (49 ft) tall. Maybe one month out of the year where some portion of this tree isn't raining down on us. Further processing separates the kernels (seeds) from the pulp. In the Phoenix area it drops its leaves from early Dec through Feb. T... read morehe fine blades from the leaf separate from the "stick" and you end up with both little micro sticks and fine blades of green. . Carob has been intermittently explored over the last 20 years as a potential tree crop industry in low rainfall areas of Australia (<500 mm rainfall/year). , The various trees known as algarrobo in Latin America (Albizia saman in Cuba, Prosopis pallida in Peru and four species of Prosopis in Argentina and Paraguay) belong to a different subfamily, Mimosoideae of the Fabaceae. Be patient as carob trees grow slowly at first but begin to bear in the sixth year of planting and may remain productive for 80 to 100 years. In the Mediterranean, carob pods are often used as animal feed, and in times of famine, as "the last source of [human] food in hard times".  In Libya, carob syrup (called rub) is used as a complement to asida (made from wheat flour). 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