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Ceratonia siliqua

Carob Tree, St. John's Bread

A small to medium sized, evergreen tree with a spreading crown of leathery leaves, native to the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. The edible seed pods, called carob, are sweet and aromatic and have been a staple in its native countries for thousands of years. When fresh, carob can be processed into syrup, juice or fermented into alcoholic beverages. When dried it can be ground and used as a healthy chocolate substitute. The seeds are also edible and are mainly used ground into flour as a thickening and emulsifying agent. The Carob Tree makes a wonderful, very robust and drought tolerant shade tree for warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above.

 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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