CERATONIA SILIQUA - Carob, St. John's Bread
Dioecious. This Mediterranean tree is adapted to the same range as the orange. It is slow growing, but needs little care once established. The fruits are thick leathery pods up to a foot long, containing seeds and sweet pulp (24-48% sugar), which ripen May to July. The pulp is edible raw or cooked. In the U.S., it is well known as a chocolate substitute. Legend says St. John ate the pods, thus the second common name.