Carob is a unique substance that has an appearance similar to cocoa. It 
comes from the Ceratonia siliqua, an evergreen tree native to the 
Eastern Mediterranean area. This relatively wild tree, which grows up to 
50 feet tall, bears fruit at the age of six to eight years with a 
greater abundance of fruit every other year. The average annual yield 
per tree is 200-250 lbs. of fruit. Carob, or St. John's Bread, as it is 
commonly known, is a large (4-12 inch long) dried, bean-like pod. Pods 
are harvested from September to November. Inside the carob pods are tiny 
beans which are used to make locust bean gum, a stabilizer and thickener 
in foods. The carob pods themselves are roasted and ground into carob 
powder. Carob powder can be used to replace cocoa at levels from 25-50%. 
While carob performs like cocoa, it differs in sugar and fat content. 
Cocoa may contain up to 23% fat and 5% sugar while carob has .7% fat and 
a natural sugar content of 42-48%. Nutritionally, carob has none of the 
allergy-producing antibodies or the caffeine stimulant theobromine found 
in the cocoa bean. Carob contains as much vitamin B1 as asparagus or 
strawberries, the same amount of niacin as lima beans, lentils or peas 
and more vitamin A than eggplant, asparagus and beets. It is also high 
in vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium and iron. In addition to being a 
delicious and healthful foodstuff, carob powder is used as a tobacco 
flavoring and in the production of some pharmaceuticals. 

Matthew 3:1-6 (KJV) In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in 
the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of 
heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet 
Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye 
the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his 
raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his 
meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all 
Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him 
in Jordan, confessing their sins. 

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