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Carob: the “black gold” of history

Carob is a tree that has its roots very deep in time. The testimonies that we have, prove to us the wide spread of the carob tree since antiquity, but also its many different uses. The carob tree comes from the East. Specifically, its homeland is Syria. However, it grows on its own and is cultivated in the countries of the Middle East and in those that surround the Mediterranean, i.e. in Greece, Central Asia, North Africa, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus. The longer the history of the carob tree, the greater the historical moments that this tree was used by people in times of famine, war or poverty.

With a look at the past

Ancient Greece ? The Carob Tree was known to the ancient Greeks, who cultivated it for its fruits as food for humans and animals. An anecdotal source even states that the “lotus” eaten by Lotus eaters in the Odyssey was in fact locusts. In classical antiquity, the philosopher and successor of Aristotle, Theophrastus the Ephesian (372-287 BC) informs us that in Ionia the tree was called “Keronia” and its fruit “Egyptian fig”. He even recorded a detailed description of the locust tree. He noticed that the carob fruits emerge from the trunk of the tree, as the flowers always grow in the armpit of the leaves or directly from the old branches. During the Hellenistic years, the Carob tree was also called “Keratea”. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) refers to the sweet beans of the carob tree as food for the pigs.

Egypt, Ancient Rome, Israel ? There is evidence that the ancient Egyptians used carob. Carob pods and seeds have been found in Egyptian tombs, while carob pectin (SEE HERE K11) was used to mummify the dead. Even today in Egypt they eat the dried pods as a snack and make a special alcoholic drink by fermentation. The Romans also ate carob peels for their natural sweetness when they were still green and fresh. Jews and Muslims still eat locusts during the feast of Biswat, or during Ramadan, respectively. The Arabs considered them excellent emollients for chest infections and recommended them to patients with chronic bronchitis.

Bible ? According to the Bible, John the Baptist ate locusts while he was in the desert. Later, Europeans called the carob tree a “St. John’s bread tree”, so in several European languages ​​we find the carob tree as “Saint John ‘s bread / tree” (English), “Johannisbrot” (Swedish) or “Johannisbrotbaum”. (German). Also, from the Parable of the Prodigal Son we conclude that locusts were considered somewhat mediocre food for humans, as they were served mainly as food for the pigs of the stable where the Prodigal Son went to work when he was hungry and destitute.

Periods of war and famine ? Carob has played a key role in various wars throughout history as it is rich in nutrients on the one hand and abundant on the other. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) the carob fruit saved many people from starvation. Today the oldest in Greece remember the ‘chocolate of the occupation’ in the difficult times of World War II (1939-1945). Carob was also used as a substitute for basic goods, that, in that time, there were in short supply (coffee, flour).

Carob, therefore, characterized times of misery, poverty and hardship. The traumatic experiences of the war inevitably created unpleasant memories for those who ate carob as their only food and therefore the fruit was despised. In addition, it has always been food for domestic animals, so it was not a sought-after food for humans. Today, however, after much laboratory research that has been done, it has been proven that Carob is rightly called the “black Gold” of Crete. Scientists have discovered the nutrients of locust bean and proved how beneficial it is for health. The natural sugars that carob has, give a very special taste to the products that contain it. It is now a refined food, fine for those who want a natural lifestyle and well-being.

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.
INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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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.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Caroffee BIO 300gr.

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.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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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.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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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.
INGREDIENTS: Carob, Water STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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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.
Components: almonds, organic carob honey, uncooked thyme honey, dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs), sesame

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.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
 
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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.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
 
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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
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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

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.
INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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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.
Components: almonds, peanuts, dates, chocolates (70% cocoa mass, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter) carob honey, carob powder, honey, raisins, figs