Carob is the fruit of the carob tree and it is used in the same manner as cocoa powder, it can be sprinkled on food or taken as a tea, extract or in a capsule form.
Raw carob is usually perceived as having a bitter flavor which is lessened significantly by the roasting process. For this reason, the roasted product is more popular for food use.
Nutritionally, carob is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals but is known to be particularly high in calcium. It is a source of protein and contains a substantial amount of dietary fiber.
Carob contains some antioxidants, mostly in the form of polyphenols. It also has an alkalizing effect on body and in certain cultures it is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
Throughout history carob has been used as a digestive aid and to soothe an upset stomach.
Organic carob pod pieces (Ceratonia siliqua)