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Carob: From Keration to Carat

Carob, the fruit that has nourished generations, besides its nutritional value, has also served as a unit of measurement for precious metals and stones. But let’s start from the beginning.

The carob tree, known since ancient times, carries a rich history and various names. The carob tree first appeared in the Middle East (Syria, Palestine). The name ‘carob’ is of Arabic origin (karub).
Today, it has scientific names such as “Ceratonia” or “Keratonía” or “Keratéa” or “Ellovos.” In Greece, carob trees are mainly found in the south. Other names include “Kerónia,” “Xylokeratiá” (Crete, Peloponnese), “Koudouridiá” (Dodecanese) or “Teratsiá” (Cyprus). The official name comes from Latin: “Ceratonia siliqua.” The name “ceratonia” comes from the ancient Greek word ‘kéras’ (of the horn) and is related to the horn-shaped form of the fruit, while the word “siliqua” in Latin means pod, carob.

The name “xylokerato” and the tree “Xylokeratia” derive from the shape of carob pods, which indeed resemble horns. In ancient times, carob pods were called “keratia,” meaning small horns. “Kerátiοn” was also the term for the seed contained within the carob pod. Each pod contains 5 to 15 seeds (keratia). They are round and flat, enclosed in a hard shell.

The weight of the seeds was approximately 0.2 grams, and they had a consistent size, suitable for use as weights on scales for weighing precious metals during the Hellenistic period. Moreover, a carob seed, that is, a keratíon, always had a similar weight, around 190 to 205 milligrams. For this reason, carob seeds started to be used as a unit of weight. Soon after, a new unit of measurement was invented, called “keratíon,” which corresponded to one-third (1/3) of the obol.

Later, in Byzantine coinage, the “keratíon” became a unit of weight for noble metals, equivalent to 1/1728 of a Roman pound, which is approximately 0.189 or 0.186 grams. More practically, one keratíon was equal to 1/24 of the gold Byzantine coin “aureum solidum” or solidus. Despite the variations in the purity of this particular gold coin, a Solidus of Emperor Constantine the Great weighed 24 carats of gold (that is, 1/72 of a Roman pound).

This Byzantine unit of measurement and the word “keratíon” traveled eastward and entered the Arabic language as ‘qirat.’ Qirat, again as a unit of weight, corresponds to 1/24 of a Dinar.
The Arabic word “qirat” travels back to the West and integrates into medieval Latin as ‘caratus’ (there is evidence in alchemists’ texts). From there, it continues its journey, and the Latin ‘caratus’ becomes the Italian ‘carato.’ Carato means a unit of measurement for the purity title of gold. This word gains worldwide recognition and returns to Greek as a loanword. ‘Karati’ is now known to everyone as the terminology for the smallest unit of gold measurement. So, from carob pods, we reached karats!

Best-selling carob products for this year

Whole Carob BIO 300gr.

2.00

Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives – Naturally sweet – Lightly roasted - 100% Cretan carob

  Carob is a nutritionally complete fruit and its nutritional value is remarkable. It is rich in fibers, polyphenols and tannins which provide its antioxidant properties.  Although it is rich in natural sugars,it islowin calories, fat, gluten-free andcaffeine free. Carob is rich in vitamins A,B and D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, and various metals. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods.

Whole Carob BIO 300gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €6.00.Current price is: €5.40.

Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives – Naturally sweet – Lightly roasted - 100% Cretan carob

  Carob is a nutritionally complete fruit and its nutritional value is remarkable. It is rich in fibers, polyphenols and tannins which provide its antioxidant properties.  Although it is rich in natural sugars,it islowin calories, fat, gluten-free andcaffeine free. Carob is rich in vitamins A,B and D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, and various metals. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods.
INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
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INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
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Raw Carob Flour BIO 300gr.

2.20
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob Preparation under 40ο C. Raw carob powder can be used alone or mixed with flour in cakes and pastries, in drinks and milkshakes. It’s a natural sweetener and rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.

Raw Carob Flour BIO 300gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €6.60.Current price is: €5.94.
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob Preparation under 40ο C. Raw carob powder can be used alone or mixed with flour in cakes and pastries, in drinks and milkshakes. It’s a natural sweetener and rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
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INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
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Caroffee BIO 300gr. (coffee substitute)

2.90
Caffeine Free – Gluten Free – Naturally Sweet   Caroffee can be produced like drip coffee, espresso, Greek coffee or frappe. For an ice coffee / frappe, add ice cubes or put it in the fridge. Caroffee can be combined with regular coffee in order to reduce the caffeine and add vitamins. Whoever wants to get rid of the coffee habit, he can do it with Caroffee’s help.

Caroffee BIO 300gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €8.70.Current price is: €7.83.
Caffeine Free – Gluten Free – Naturally Sweet   Caroffee can be produced like drip coffee, espresso, Greek coffee or frappe. For an ice coffee / frappe, add ice cubes or put it in the fridge. Caroffee can be combined with regular coffee in order to reduce the caffeine and add vitamins. Whoever wants to get rid of the coffee habit, he can do it with Caroffee’s help.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
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INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
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Carob Powder BIO 300gr.

2.20
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   Carob powder can substitute cacao or chocolate. It is a natural sweetener rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals. It is of ahigher nutritional value than chocolate and contains less than half of cacao’s fat. For a chocolate beverage, replace 2 scoops of chocolate with 3 scoops of carob powder. For cacao, replace it with equal quantity of carob powder. It can also be used in sweets, cakes, pastries, drinks and milkshakes like cocoa. As it is a natural sweetener it requires less additional sugar. Alternatively, you can use carob syrup instead of sugar.

Carob Powder BIO 300gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €6.60.Current price is: €5.94.
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   Carob powder can substitute cacao or chocolate. It is a natural sweetener rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals. It is of ahigher nutritional value than chocolate and contains less than half of cacao’s fat. For a chocolate beverage, replace 2 scoops of chocolate with 3 scoops of carob powder. For cacao, replace it with equal quantity of carob powder. It can also be used in sweets, cakes, pastries, drinks and milkshakes like cocoa. As it is a natural sweetener it requires less additional sugar. Alternatively, you can use carob syrup instead of sugar.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
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INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
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Nutrition Carob Bar 50gr.

2.20

Carob Nutrient Bar

Handmade nutritional bar with organic carob honey and uncooked thyme honey.
No sugar and no preservatives.

Nutrition Carob Bar 50gr. (Pack of 5)

Original price was: €11.00.Current price is: €9.90.

Carob Nutrient Bar

Handmade nutritional bar with organic carob honey and uncooked thyme honey.
No sugar and no preservatives.
Components: almonds, organic carob honey, uncooked thyme honey, dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs), sesame NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
Components: almonds, organic carob honey, uncooked thyme honey, dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs), sesame NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):

Raw Carob Syrup BIO 350gr.

5.40
Our carob syrop is produced from the pods of the carob tree and has a mild, sweet flavor. It can be used as sweetener in cakes, tahini, hot and cold beverages, yogurt, ice cream and rice. It is a great substitute of sugar. Carob honey is also known as a traditional medicine for cough and sore throat. It is rich in calcium (almost three times more than milk- carob contains 350 mg per 100gr in comparison to milk that contains 120 mg per 100gr). Its flavor can differ depending on the variety without altering its nutritional value. For its production, only Cretan carobs are used. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods. Preparation under 40 cesium degrees.

Raw Carob Syrup BIO 350gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €16.20.Current price is: €14.58.
Our carob syrop is produced from the pods of the carob tree and has a mild, sweet flavor. It can be used as sweetener in cakes, tahini, hot and cold beverages, yogurt, ice cream and rice. It is a great substitute of sugar. Carob honey is also known as a traditional medicine for cough and sore throat. It is rich in calcium (almost three times more than milk- carob contains 350 mg per 100gr in comparison to milk that contains 120 mg per 100gr). Its flavor can differ depending on the variety without altering its nutritional value. For its production, only Cretan carobs are used. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods. Preparation under 40 cesium degrees.
INGREDIENTS: Carob, Water STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
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INGREDIENTS: Carob, Water STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
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Raw Carob Flour 300gr.

2.00
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   Preparation under 40ο C. Raw carob powder can be used alone or mixed with flour in cakes and pastries, in drinks and milkshakes. It’s a natural sweetener and rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.

Raw Carob Flour 300gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €6.00.Current price is: €5.40.
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   Preparation under 40ο C. Raw carob powder can be used alone or mixed with flour in cakes and pastries, in drinks and milkshakes. It’s a natural sweetener and rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
 
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INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
 
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Caroffee 300gr.

2.60
Caffeine Free – Gluten Free – Naturally Sweet   Caroffee can be produced like drip coffee, espresso, Greek coffee or frappe. For an ice coffee / frappe, add ice cubes or put it in the fridge. Caroffee can be combined with regular coffee in order to reduce the caffeine and add vitamins. Whoever wants to get rid of the coffee habit, he can do it with Caroffee’s help.

Caroffee 300gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €7.80.Current price is: €7.02.
Caffeine Free – Gluten Free – Naturally Sweet   Caroffee can be produced like drip coffee, espresso, Greek coffee or frappe. For an ice coffee / frappe, add ice cubes or put it in the fridge. Caroffee can be combined with regular coffee in order to reduce the caffeine and add vitamins. Whoever wants to get rid of the coffee habit, he can do it with Caroffee’s help.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
 
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INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
 
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Carob Tea BIO 300gr.

2.00
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   In addition to its health benefits, it is a refreshing beverage which can be consumed hot or cold or like an ice tea. Its preparation is simple. Put 2-3 scoops in a half cup of water and boil it for about 3 minutes. Filter it and serve it hot or, if you prefer, cold, add some ice cubes and wait until it gets cold. Carob sweetens the water and therefore it requires noadditional sugar. If you prefer your tea sweeter, you can use our carob syrup for more energy and sweetness. You can also consume it raw as a snack,hence benefiting your body with the nutrients contained in carob. Rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.
INGREDIENTS: Carob in pieces STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr): nutrition facts carob tea
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Carob mini Rusk 300gr.

3.75

mini Carob Rusk

The Cretan carob nut is a ptraditional Greek bakery product, with carob flavor.
Contains only natural ingredients, such as water, olive oil, high-quality flour and carob powder, without preservatives and additives.
It has nutritional value with many health benefits. It is rich in fiber and has all the ingredients for a proper nutritional diet.
  • It is of small size,
  • slightly sweet,
  • carob flavor and
  • sprinkled with sesame seeds.
 
You can serve them together with other cookies and biscuits when drinking/serving coffee, tea or plain milk. It can be eaten plain or with any coating, such as tomato, cheese, pickles, olives, etc.
It is an ideal supplement for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
No added sugar. Components: flour, barley, carob flour, salt, yeast, sesame NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):

Whole Carob 300gr.

1.70

Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives – Naturally sweet – Lightly roasted - 100% Cretan carob

  Carob is a nutritionally complete fruit and its nutritional value is remarkable. It is rich in fibers, polyphenols and tannins which provide its antioxidant properties.  Although it is rich in natural sugars,it islowin calories, fat, gluten-free andcaffeine free. Carob is rich in vitamins A,B and D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, and various metals. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods.

Whole Carob 300gr. (Pack of 3)

Original price was: €5.10.Current price is: €4.59.

Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives – Naturally sweet – Lightly roasted - 100% Cretan carob

  Carob is a nutritionally complete fruit and its nutritional value is remarkable. It is rich in fibers, polyphenols and tannins which provide its antioxidant properties.  Although it is rich in natural sugars,it islowin calories, fat, gluten-free andcaffeine free. Carob is rich in vitamins A,B and D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, and various metals. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods.
INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
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INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
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Nutrition Carob Bar with Chocolate 45gr. BIO

2.20

Handmade nutritional chocolate bar

Organic carob honey and uncooked thyme honey, without sugar and without preservatives.
Contains nuts and dried fruits.

Nutrition Carob Bar with Chocolate 45gr. BIO (Packet of 5)

Original price was: €11.00.Current price is: €9.90.

Handmade nutritional chocolate bar

Organic carob honey and uncooked thyme honey, without sugar and without preservatives.
Contains nuts and dried fruits.
Components: almonds, peanuts, dates, chocolates (70% cocoa mass, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter) carob honey, carob powder, honey, raisins, figs NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):
Components: almonds, peanuts, dates, chocolates (70% cocoa mass, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter) carob honey, carob powder, honey, raisins, figs NUTRITION FACTS (per 100gr):