Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqua)

Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqua) plant and seedpodsThis large tree has a spreading crown. Its leaves are compound and alternate. Its edible seedpods, also known as Saint John’s bread, are up to 45 centimeters (18 inches) long and are filled with round, hard seeds and a thick pulp.

Where to Find: This tree is found throughout the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and parts of North Africa.

Edible Parts: The young, tender pods are edible raw or boiled. You can pulverize the seeds in mature pods and cook as porridge.

Carob tree seedpods

Carob tree leaf drawing

Carob tree seedpods and leaves

Carob tree seedpods on branch

Carob tree leaf

Carob tree seeds and open seedpod

Carob tree leaves

Carob tree

Carob tree seeds, seedpods, and leaf diagram

Carob tree leaves (front and back)

Carob tree seedpod (green and dried out)

Carob tree

Carob tree leaves on branch

Carob tree in the wild

Dried Carob tree seedpods