Carob (Ceratonia siliqua) - Natural Chocolate Substitute
Carob is one of the most frequently used substitutes for chocolate. When I was little I use to spend a lot of time at my Grandmother's house, and she use to take me to the health food store to get Carob chips. While I admit it's not as good as chocolate, if you can't have chocolate for some reason or need to cut down on your sugar carob is a really nice subsitute. It does taste quite a bit like chocolate. Carob is a member of the pea family and is an evergreen shrub or trea. It started being used about 4,000 years ago in the Meditteranean. It was also used in ancient Egypt and Rome. The pods it produces were once actually used as a currency. Carob produces the carob fruit which can then be dried or powdered to use as a chocolate substitute. Another advantage to carob is that it does not contain theobromine, which is what's lethal to pet's in chocolate. It's was a very common sweetner before sugar became widely available.
Medicinally, carob is used for digestion problems including diarrhea, heartburn, and the intestine’s inability to properly absorb certain nutrients from food. These absorption disorders include celiac disease and sprue.Other uses of carob include treatment of obesity, vomiting during pregnancy and high cholesterol.
Spiritually it's useful for protection and prosperity. It can be burned as an incense to attract spirit helpers and familiars, or to deter poltergeists.
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