St. John's Bread, Carob Tree, Saint John's Bread Ceratonia siliqua

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Botanical Name:

Ceratonia siliqua

Family:

Fabaceae

Genus:

Ceratonia

Species:

siliqua

Common Name:

St. John's Bread, Carob Tree, Saint John's Bread

Height:
45 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
8

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in sulfuric or nitric acid for 60 minutes and wash under cold water for 5-10 minutes., Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: can be sown in fall or spring, sow seed 1/2" deep, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* A tree of rounded habit with evergreen compound leaves, small red flowers in racemes in spring. more...
* It grows well in warm temperate and subtropical areas, and tolerates hot and humid coastal areas.
* As a xerophytic (drought-resistant) species, carob is well adapted to the ecological conditions of the Mediterranean region.
* The seedpods are filled with a saccharine pulp and can be eaten both green or dried.
* The pulp in the seedpods of carob is very nutritious and, due to its high sugar content, sweet-tasting and mildly laxative. more...
* Carobs are also known as St. John's bread because, according to tradition of some Christians, St. John the Baptist subsisted on them in the wilderness. more...