Plant of the week: Ancient plant used to make ice cream

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Name: Carob (Ceratonia siliqua)

Otherwise known as: St John’s Bread, Locust Bean

Habitat: An evergreen tree member of the family Leguminosae that grows to about 10m in indifferent soil throughout the Mediterranean region and is now naturalised in any warm temperate area of the world. It has thick, resinous, oval, green leaves; small, dull brown/green flowers that transform into clusters of long, green, bean pods, while the bark is dark red.

What does it do: Like all members of this family, it converts atmospheric nitrogen through its root system into nitrates, which are...


Plant of the week: Ancient plant used to make ice cream


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