Perhaps you have in mind that the carob, a very common fruit in the Mediterranean, is a food that is used mainly for livestock. It used to be said that it was a “food for poor people”, and even the same farmers abandoned or reconverted those crops that nobody wanted.
But after many scientific studies that point to it as a quality product with many beneficial properties, carob can also be eaten! These have been put in the crosshairs of nutrition lovers, pastry chefs and chefs and have given them back the place they deserve. So much so, that nowadays it is used to make products such as flour, vinegar, chocolate or milk powder.
The carob, a gourmet product
Currently, not only animals consume it. It is also used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, flour is extracted for confectionery, and it is used as a sweetener or as a thickener, among other uses.
And it is that this fruit, elongated in shape and dark brown in colour when ripe, may be unattractive, but inside it hides a sweet pulp that is worth gold and that has nothing to envy to chocolate. There are many experts who put an expiration date on cocoa production, turning the carob into its worthy successor. And we also think that at Pobill Ecològics.
What are the benefits of carob?
We bet few of you know that carob is a legume, from the same family as lentils or chickpeas. Like legumes, carob has a high energy value, essential vegetable proteins, B vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium and lots of fiber. And what is better, it is low in fat and a source of quality carbohydrates.
Additionally, carob is beneficial for digestive health, as it is rich in tannins (molecules useful for their antioxidant properties), which help fight toxins in the digestive tract and prevent the growth of bad bacteria in the intestines.
The carob, super heroine to fight against climate change
Apart from the nutritional benefits, the carob tree is considered an ally against climate change and the greenhouse effect. According to the Aquae Foundation, a person needs between 7,200 and 8,600 liters of oxygen every day, which is equivalent to 22 trees per day to produce the necessary air to live. Well, it is said that in 30 years of life that the carob tree has, it is capable of absorbing up to 90 kg of CO2 in a year. And not only has that, the carob tree, in addition to being highly productive, easily adapted to dry climates, facilitating soil restoration and combating floods or desertification.
Pobill Ecològics also exploits properties with carob trees, promoting generative agriculture that is, integrating plants and animals in a productive way, as well as techniques that improve resources instead of depleting or destroying them. Our motto is to respect the land that gives us so much.
At Pobill Ecològics we present our new products made with organic carob. Click and discover the ingredients, flavors and properties. Delicious!