These trees can handle any amount of heat and drought once established. Carob pods are very sweet and mineral rich and a great stock food, but for me they are a tad fibrous. I call them a fibrous mars bar. But lo! Carob syrup can be rendered out of the pods . It fits in wonderfully with Mediteranean permaculture, because the pods ripen in May and can be collected and stored easily. Come June you will probably have a wood stove going , burning the latest tree that fell down on a fence to heat the home and boost your solar hot water. You just break up the carob pods in your hands while talking on the phone ( its not messy), then soak this in a pot for a day, then boil for an hour or 2, strain out the juice and put it back on the stove. Reserve the dregs for the pigs to cheer them up on a cold, miserable day. With the fire going the juice evaporates down overnight to a yummy syrup.It doesnt seem to need stirring.
If you put cream with it and some roasted nuts, it is heavenly. I think a new winter tradition has just begun at our place. All ingredients could come from any half decent WA permaculture , so being a locavore doesn’t have to mean being skinny . At our place chestnuts, macadamias, walnuts and pecans fall from the trees in late May. The fuerte avocado is on in June/July and could be mashed and mixed in to extend what I can only describe as a super healthy version of “nutella”.
If you are sad to be missing out on processed food because you don’t want to support GM corn and soy plantations, I salute you. Smile now because you can grow carobs , you can milk a jersey cow! We are going to be all right!
|One of the 4 jersey heifers born this year on the farm.|
Local, organic, superfood carob syrup is easily done and no doubt can be bottled. Now is the perfect time to plant a heap of carob seeds and start a carob forest. We can post you seeds for $3.50 a packet . http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/search?q=seed+catalogu