Cyprus, Nicosia

Ceratonia siliqua (carob) and dishes from it

Updated: 4 weeks ago

The fruits of the carob tree in Cyprus are collected strictly at a certain time, and the police prevent attempts at unauthorized harvesting. We study what this tree is and what its benefits are.

This evergreen plant is widespread in Cyprus and other Mediterranean countries, it has been cultivated for a very long time, it is known that the ancient Greeks used the pods of the tree and it is from the Greek language that the name originated. Today, you can often encounter the variant 'carob' - this is what it is called in English-speaking countries.

Carob leaves are used for livestock feed, and the pods are used in the food industry, for example, they are used to make a thickener - carob gum.

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  • fresh pods can be eaten like peas;
  • crushed seeds are mixed with milk and brewed like hot chocolate;
  • tea is made from pods, which is immediately slightly sweet;
  • ground seeds are also brewed like black tea;
  • carob powder is added to baked goods and desserts.

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Frequently asked questions

When does the carob harvest begin?

In 2023, the carob harvest season in Famagusta begins on August 14, and in Kyrenia and Iskele - on August 19.

Can you tell me more about zivania made from carob?

Classically, zivania is made from grapes, but some craftsmen make it from various berries and fruits, including carob beans. We have provided more information about places where you can buy such a drink.

What do carob trees and diamonds have in common?

The Italian name for the tree - carato - you have certainly encountered in the world of jewelry. The explanation is simple - the seeds of the plant have a constant weight and were used as a unit of measurement in ancient times, including by jewelers. Therefore, a carat is 0.2 grams, which is the weight of carob seeds.

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