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carob, (scientific name: Ceratonia siliqua), is a flowering evergreen tree in the legume family, native to the Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, which when ripe, dried, and sometimes toasted is often ground into powder that can be used to replace cocoa powder as a chocolate substitute.

Carob pods are naturally sweet, and contain no theobromine or caffeine.

In 2017, world production of carob was 136,540 tonnes, led by Portugal, with 30% of the world total.


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