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Seeds and pod of the tree Ceratonia siliqua, also known as locust bean and St John's bread. It contains a sweet pulp which is rich in sugar and gums, as well as containing 21% protein and 1.5% fat. It is used as animal feed, to make confectionery (as a substitute for chocolate), and in the preparation of carob gum. The African locust is Parkia filicoidea and the locust bean is P. biglobosa, an important food in the Caribbean.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Cookery, Food, and Drink.


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