We have been harvesting some carobs in three trees placed in Los Molinos del Río Aguas. We collected the fruits by hand but when they were not easily accessible we used a long stick to knock down the fruits to catch them in a net placed on the ground. Sometimes we even climbed like monkeys through the branches. In total we collected 90 kg of carob!
Some carob will be cleaned and the seeds stored in the seed bank of the Drylands Management Department. They will be used later during interventions for reforestation in lands affected by erosion and soil degradation. Others of these carobs will be sold to a pig-farm as pig-food as an extra-income for Sunseed Desert Technology. And finally, they will also be used by the Sustainable Living Department for cooking purposes. Because it is rich in natural sugars and has a kind of “chocolate taste” is a good local alternative to sweet foods. In addition, it has a lot of health benefits because of the important amounts of proteins, fibers, minerals and vitamins. Carob is used for its medicinal properties too, mainly for digestive health (protecting intestinal mucosa), or because of its high amounts of tannins, a powerful antioxidant, which helps combat premature cell deterioration (preventing cancer formation).