Following the same chemical-free philosophy, they installed in carob trees eight nests of barnowls, Tyto alba, to manage rat populations naturally.
To the same end, they are also monitoring black snake populations in the carob groves and the vineyards.
In past years I had neighbors collect my carob crop and received a share of the delicious and healing molasses extracted from it.
An Ethiopian immigrant or a Bedouin would likely accept our explanation; they would be familiar with carob and homemade molasses.
I am not sure Uncle David will ever taste khabisa, the very same pudding served at Hawaiian luaus except for the carob flavor replacing that of coconuts, yet another feature shared by natives in Hawaii and Palestine.
Historically and culturally, the carob is significant for Cyprus," said Menelaos Stavrinides, an assistant professor at Cyprus' University of Technology and national coordinator of the project.
But as Cyprus moved from an agriculture-based economy to a financial services centre, the country's carob production dwindled.