Carob, St. John's Bread
Carobs can be male, female or hermaphrodite. Only the female trees produce brown leathery pods (up to 1 foot long) 11 months after pollination. St. John is supposed to have eaten the pods of the Carob. These pods are rich and sugar and are milled as a chocolate substitute. The hard seeds inside the pods are not edible. The pod contains less fat and more vitamins than cocoa, and are sold as cocoa substitute in health stores.
Close up showing the flowers and a fruit pod (pictures taken 1/30/99).