Carob trees > 100 years
The Carob is a long lived tree which can obtain a height of around 12 to 15 metres and extends to a wide canopy. It is native to the Eastern Mediterranean area where it thrives in arid conditions but is now cultivated commercially in warm climates as the pods have an important economic value, known for at least 4,000 years.
Known in Spanish as “Algarrobo”, it is an evergreen tree with oval glossy green leaves and a short wide trunk which on mature specimens is rough and gnarled. The scientific name of the carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua derives from the Greek word keras, meaning horn, and the Latin siliqua meaning pod, alluding to the hardness and shape of the pod. It is a member of the botanical Fabaceae family of plants (leguminous beans and peas).
Carob flowers and fruit grow out of older branches, twigs and even the trunk of the trees. (This botanical phenomenon is known as "cauliflory".) The flowers are insignificant as the…