The carob tree, or Ceratonia siliqua, carries the most beautiful dark brown pods which contain a soft pulp that tastes similar to chocolate, and shiny brown seeds.
For many centuries the carob has been used for human consumption and as animal feed. It is said that the pods of the carob tree sustained the biblical figure John the Baptist while he was praying in the desert. Hence it is also known as St. John’s bread.
Carob is also incredibly nutritious and contains more calcium than milk, together with many other vitamins and minerals. It is said to aid digestion, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels and can also help against nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea in pregnancy and for infants.
Follow these easy steps for a delicious carob and cardamom tea:
Ingredients for 1 litre
- 5 Tbsp Carob powder*
- 5 Cardamon pods
*Carob powder can be obtained from a health shop or harvest your own from a nearby tree. See instructions below on how to prepare the pods.
- Remove seeds from pods, toast pods in the oven, crush roughly to create a powder.
- Crush the cardamon pods.
- Pour 1L of boiling water over the mix.
- Infuse for 20 minutes before straining to serve.
- Enjoy warm!