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carob

[kar′əb]
Etymology: Ar. al kharrubah
Ceratonia siliqua, a tree native to the Mediterranean basin.

carob

The sweet pulp of the Mediterranean evergreen leguminous tree, Ceratonia siliquia, a chocolate surrogate for those who are allergic to chocolate or adhere wish to eliminate chocolate from their diet. Carob is high in palm kernel oil (i.e., a “tropical oil”) and therefore atherogenic; it is also high in sodium, and thus linked to hypertension.
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The main action of carob is to act as a binding agent and it is found in the following popular products: ice cream, yoghurt, mayonnaise, jams, sweets, sauces, tinned and packaged soups and diet foods.
Carob wood is extremely hard and used in the building and furniture industry, and is a source of local charcoal.
Earlier this month, as the azure summer Galilee skies began clouding over, Juma'a gave me another piece of advice: "You better pick your carob before the rains.
At the edges I planted a variety of native Galilee seedlings: olive, oak, hawthorn, wild maple, pistachio, myrtle, rock rose, bay leaf, Judah's tree, terebinth, and carob.
An ancient practice was to weigh gold and other metals against carob tree seeds in the Middle East.
So it's no surprise that black gold is the name the University of Cyprus and the agricultural research institute have given to their joint project to plant 40,000 carob trees whose produce they hope will rekindle commercial interest in a plant that has many nutritional and medicinal qualities.
The carob crops will be mainly utilised in research, production of new products and the manufacture of existing ones in the food industry, and the pharmaceutical industry as well as other research activity," Christophides said.
The village of Anogyra was once a main carob-grower and it is still very famous for its traditional sweet -- pasteli -- which is made from carob syrup and is produced traditionally in the village.
Medicinally, carobs are currently used for digestion problems including diarorrhea , heartburn and the inability to absorb certain nutrients from food.
The group is focusing their experiments on the traditional vineyards in the area of Kapilio and the carob trees in Anogyra village, both in the Limassol district.
Barn owls and black snakes are being enlisted in Cyprus to protect carob trees, known on the Mediterranean island since antiquity and once a flourishing export but now threatened by urbanisation and rats.
Apparently, high N demand by both flowers and fruits were observed in both irrigated and nonirrigated carob orchards (Cruz et al.