Picture donated by Theresa Vella
Picture courtesy of Theresa Vella

il-Harruba - The Carob tree

St John's Bread - Algarrobo

Ceratonia siliqua - Kharoub

The Carob tree (il-harruba) has many different names. It is an evergreen shrub or tree native to the Mediterranean region. During World War II these plants provided food for the local inhabitants as other sources of food became scarce. Carob pods are a source of sugar. Farmers use the produce to feed animals but now there are a few foods that integrate Carobs. The tree can grow quite large, approx 10-12 metres.

The Carobs have a beautiful contrasting green colour during spring, eventually they will start to dry up and ripen.