See, folks? You have a question, and there's always someone on the list who

a) knows the answer;
b) may not know, but knows how to find out; and even on occasion,
c) hasn't a clue but can concoct an answer with such an air of authority that no
one cares if it's right or not ;-)  [Thanks, Jim]

Jim Cobabe wrote:

> 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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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people
see than weigh.” – Lord Chesterfield

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author
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