I knew it was familiar for some reason, although I can't say I'd ever heard of it
being used in place of or with cocoa (but it does explain one thing I remember:
cans labelled "Karob" in German supermarkets next to the coffee and tea). And I'm
sorry, I've already forgotten who it was who posted the excellent lttle article on
carobs yesterday, because I wanted to add a comment to that.
Its other names are "locust bean" and "St. John's Bread" in the belief that when
it said in the NT that John the Baptist ate honey and locust, modern translators
couldn't see him actually eating insects. Besides the yuck factor, they thought it
wasn't kosher. However, locusts are indeed kosher, it turns out, (Leviticus
11:20-21) and the Greek word in the NT refers quite clearly to an insect.
So he really did eat bugs.
"Elmer L. Fairbank" wrote:
> At 19:45 12/18/2002 -0700, M Marc wrote:
> >There is a carob bean, actually, and I know it's grown in tropical
> >climates, but
> >that's about all I know about it. I'm not sure what they do with it, except
> >perhaps use its oil (like canola, linseed or safflower).
> Haven't you ever had carob brownies? It's often used around here as a
> cocoa substitute. Dang, lad, you need to make a pilgrimage to Ithaca.
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