Carob Tree

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My husband and I are staying at a beautiful inn in the countryside facing Mount Etna’s south slope. The entire property is a garden. In the distance we can hear sheep moving through the olive orchards on the opposite ridge from where we are (Their ringing bells give them away.). While wandering around, I was thrilled to have spotted a carob tree on one of the pathways. I haven’t seen the carob fruit before it turns brown and is dehydrated, so I thought I’d share it with you! Carob trees, or carrubo in Italian, grow throughout coastal areas of Sicily. Its dried pods are mildly sweet and are used as a substitute for chocolate.

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