WHAT IS CAROB?

CAROB

The Australian Carob Co. is our official supplier of high-quality organic carob products.

The Australian Carob Co is owned and operated by Michael and Jam Jolley, and is located in Booborowie, near Burra, South Australia.

The Australian Carob Co takes pride in ensuring each individual tree has the appropriate water requirements and correct pruning year round. The company use sustainable farming practices and no pesticides or insecticides are used on the trees.The carob pods are harvested in March/April and are taken directly to the manufacturing shed on site. There, they are allowed to dry naturally, ready for processing.

The Australian Carob Co use state-of-the-art machinery to produce the products, including a sophisticated carob kibbler, a large carob roaster and a specially designed carob mill.

"As we do the growing, harvesting, kibbling, roasting, milling and packing all on the property, we can be sure you get a non-contaminated product which is Nut Free, Gluten Free and the absolute best quality carob possible. Quality is our number one priority," Michael Jolley.

The Australian Carob Co is dedicated to producing carob products, which are not only healthy and high in nutritional value, but are also full of flavour and taste great.

WHAT IS CAROB?

Carob Tree

Carob is from the carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) and is part of the legume family and native to the Mediterranean regions.  The trees tend to grow well anywhere that citrus or olives can grow but prefer drier climates.  It is commonly cultivated in many parts of the world as an ornamental shade tree that can grow quite large in size and, as an evergreen, the leaves remain on the tree for the entire year.

Carob (Ceratonia siliqua) is the fruit of the carob tree and grows as long, slightly curved, thick, dark brown pods anywhere from 4-10 inches (10-25 cm) in length. 

Raw carob is subtly sweet and not at all bitter with a pleasant almost caramel-like taste. It is often used as a substitute for cacao. Unlike the cacao bean, it doesn't require as much sweetener when used in traditionally prepared carob desserts like fudge, puddings, drinks, pies or cookies.

Carob is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, but is known to be particularly high in calcium.  Being a member of the legume family, it is a source of protein and contains a substantial amount of dietary fibre.  Throughout history carob has been used as a digestive aid and was traditionally used to soothe an upset stomach.

Carob contains some antioxidants, mostly in the form of polyphenols.  It has alkalizing effects on body pH and in certain cultures it is considered to be an aphrodisiac. Carob is also gluten-free and caffeine-free making it suitable for those who are sensitive and allergic to gluten and caffeine.