Family Name: Leguminosae
Botanical Name(s): Ceratonia siliqua
Popular Name(s): St-john's Bread, John's Bread
Parts Used: Fruit
Habitat: Carob is found in Southern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Description: Carob appears in the form a small branching tree
that grows up to a height of about 30 feet. Its pinnate leaves occur in
two or three pairs with oval blunt-topped leaflets and possesses shiny
dark green colour. Its tiny red coloured flowers are followed by flat
pods which are 6 to 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. The fruits are light
to dark-brown in colour.
Uses: Carob is extensively used in making food products. Apart
from this, it is used to cure diarrhoea, indigestion and heartburn also.