Carob tree cultivation dates back to historic times. An evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean, it is part of the legume family. The tree produces an edible seeded fruit pod that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans are said to have eaten raw for natural sweetness. The carob pods are ground into a powdered form and used as a popular chocolate substitute. Rich in B vitamins and minerals, it has only one-third the calories of cacao, and it is virtually fat-free. Carob is also free from the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in cacao. Please note: Raw carob is not as sweet as roasted carob. Carob powders that are brown or dark brown have been roasted and are not raw. Foods Alive carries both varieties, so choose your preference.
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