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  • 2021-02-23

What is carob?

The carob tree, or Ceratonia siliqua, has fruit that looks like a dark brown pea pod, which carries pulp and seeds. Carob is a sweet and healthy substitute for chocolate. Using it for health benefits goes back 4,000 years to ancient Greece.

According to the “Encyclopedia of Healing Foods,” 19th-century British chemists sold carob pods to singers. Chewing on carob pods helped singers maintain healthy vocal cords and soothe and cleanse their throat. Read on to find out more about how people use carob today and what kind of health benefits it offers.

Where does carob come from?

Ancient Greeks were the first to grow carob trees, which are now grown all over the world, from India to Australia. 

Each carob tree is a single sex, so it takes a male and female tree to produce carob pods. A single male tree can pollinate up to 20 female trees. After six or seven years, a carob tree is able to produce pods. 

Once a female carob tree is fertilized, it produces hundreds of pounds of dark brown pods filled with brown pulp and tiny seeds. The pods are about 1/2 to 1 foot in length and about an inch wide. People harvest pods in the fall.

Carob is available to buy as: 

  • whole fruit
  • powder
  • syrup
  • pasta
  • rusk
  • shortbreads

People who add carob to their diet have seen benefits like weight loss and decreased stomach issues.

How is carob used?

You can still enjoy your favorite sweet treats like fudge, chocolate milkshakes, and brownies. The most common use for carob is in food. Carob tastes similar to chocolate and is a great alternative because it has:

  • a lot of fiber
  • antioxidants
  • low amounts of fat and sugar
  • no caffeine
  • no gluten

Because carob is naturally sweet, it can help satisfy your sugar cravings. If you do find that it’s not sweet enough for your taste, try adding stevia.

When cooking, you can substitute carob for chocolate in a 1-to-1 ratio.

If you’re lactose-intolerant or choose to be vegan, carob is also a great dairy-free alternative.

What are the benefits of carob seeds?

1.Calcium is an important ingredient for dental and bone health. Calcium, as everyone knows, is quite large in milk. However, carob seeds contain 3 times more calcium than milk. It meets 70 percent of the daily calcium needed by the body.

2.Thanks to the high amount of phosphorus it contains, it increases the body’s resistance and strengthens immunity. Εspecially children and pregnant women in development age should consume.

3.A cauliflower powder, which is rich in zinc mineral, is ground in a glass of hot water and regulates the hormones in the body when consumed.

4.Can consume it as a natural medicine in people with asthma and shortness of breath. This nutrient with high antioxidant properties cleans the infected viruses in the throat and relieves the lungs and removes inflammation in the throat as phlegm.

5.It is good for fatigue and stress by preventing nerve cells from deforming. Especially, the coffee made from carob beans removes the fatigue experienced during the day.


What does caroffee do?

1.Carob coffee, which prevents common diarrheal disease, is good for digestive problems. It regulates metabolism by increasing intestinal flora.

2.Experts address the common health problem, especially anemia.

3.Thanks to the high calcium it contains, it strengthens bones and muscles.

4.It is necessary to strengthen the immune system in order to prevent upper respiratory tract diseases, especially from seasonal passages. Being rich in antioxidants, carob cleans free radicals in the immune system.

5.It is harmful for diabetics and obesity patients to consume processed sugar. Experts recommend these patients the carob rich in natural sugar.

6.It is good for heart and vascular diseases by lowering bad cholesterol.

How to make your caroffee?

Caroffee can be produced like drip coffee, espresso, Greek coffee or frape.
Caroffee can be combined with regular coffee in order to reduce the caffeine and add vitamins. 

How to make your goatbox coffee?

Add one teaspoon of carob in a half cup of milk and mix. Stir the boiling coffee well. Add to the cup and serve like regular coffee.


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