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charoupi

χαρούπι

Carob trees grow in many parts of Greece, but the pods (also known as St John's bread or the locust bean) aren't eaten as often as they once were, when they were one of the few sweet things along with honey that people had at hand. Commercially the pods are dried and ground into a flour that tastes somewhat like cocoa, and used; the beans can also be made into a syrup. Greece today is the 5th largest producer after Spain, Italy, Morocco and Portugal

Text © Dana Facaros

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