The Universality of Carob

The ancient and little-known carob tree is beneficial not only for the sweet syrup from its pods and its use as an alternative to chocolate, but also for its medicinal properties.

Carob trees are constantly dropping debris (old leaves, flowers, pods) so the soil directly beneath them acquires a number of beneficial nutrients not to mention dead plant matter so important for water retention. The shady area under the trees becomes an important microclimate for many wild herbs and greens that are gathered for food.
Photo by William Woys Weaver