|A carob doggie birthday cake made here at Doggie Cakes|
|The carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua)|
Carob comes from a tropical pod that a contains sweet, edible seeds. The fruit of the carob tree is a pod (legume) 6 inches to 12 inches in length. It has been cultivated for at least 4000 years. Carob was eaten in Ancient Egypt. Dried Carob fruit is also a tradition on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat. Some even believe the seeds were used to weigh gold and jewels, hence the word carat being derived from the word carob. Records indicate that carob was introduced to the U.S. in 1854. Then in 1873 the records show the first seedlings being planted in California.
Most people who have heard of carob just know it as a chocolate substitute and incorrectly often think it's synthetic. It is naturally sweeter than chocolate. One tablespoon of carob powder has 25 calories, not fat, not saturated fat, no cholesterol, and 6 grams of carbohydrates. On average carob is 80% protein (if you are watching your dog's protein intake stay away from carob treats). It does contain many vitamins and minerals including; magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, barium, copper, nickel, A, B, B2, B3 and D. Carob does have more sugar then chocolate, but from its own natural sugar similar to honey and fruit. Carob was an important source of sugar before sugarcane and sugar-beets became widely available.
It is believed to have some medicinal uses, which included the treatment of coughs and diarrhea. Formally singers chewed the pods in belief that it helped to clear the throat and voice.
If your doggie has a sweet tooth, carob is a good choice for an occasional extra special treat. Now you know what carob is.