Also known as the Locust Bean, Locust Seed or St. John’s Bread, carob is the fruit of a Mediterranean shrub. It is much

used in the Near East and in Chinese cooking. The whole pod, which is rather sweet and insipid in flavour, is used in

dishes or made into a syrup. It is rich in protein and in sugar.

The ‘locusts’ which St. John the Baptist is said to have eaten were these fruits, and not the insects, as is generally

believed. It is through this misunderstanding that the plant’s alternative names arose.

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