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ISO Carob pods, not powder but whole pods

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Does anyone know ANY PLACE in LA County selling carob pods? I'd like to get some for the holiday on Tuesday. Not powder, or chocolate-like pieces, just whole pods. Doesn't have ot be organic but can be. Most of the health/organic places just sell processed carob.
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  1. The trees grow all over the place in Southern California. They were extensively used as street trees. Common name is St. John's Bread, botanic: Ceratonia siliqua. I don't know if it is fruiting season, though.

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    1. re: snackish

      If you want to look for them, there's quite a few on Kenilworth Drive in Silver Lake, around the 2300 block. When I was a kid we had a lot on Alpine Drive in Beverly Hills, but they may since have removed them for disease.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        Thanks I'll look on Kenilworth. I have friends who live on the street. BUT I need to buy some today if possible.
        I don't think Erewhon carries them - but come on. This is supposed to be the home of natural food freaks, California, home of fruits and nuts. There has to be some store that carries them...

        1. re: Jerome

          Gotta be that someone in the Grand Central Market carries them, (and if not you can still get a great snack while you are there).

          1. re: WLA

            Do you know who might sell Carob Pods?

          2. re: Jerome
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            Silverlake Bodhisattva

            Can't say I've ever seen'em (whole pods)offered for sale as a food product, even at farmers' markets, etc., nor do I know of anyone producing carob powder from the pods locally. I think the ratio of shipped weight to edible portion may prevent it from being economically viable to sell whole pods.

            rfgs

            1. re: Silverlake Bodhisattva

              I dunno - you split open the pods and chew on them, stripping off the lining. You don't actually swallow them as I remember. One of those fun to eat things.

              1. re: Silverlake Bodhisattva

                It's been a year or two now, but there was a stand that would occasionally appear at the Sunday H'wood farmers market that sold carob pods. The farmer actually was selling exotic trees, but would bring his carob pods & a berry from Africa that if you chewed on, would make lemons taste sweet.

                Unfortunately the name of the stand's farm escapes me, but I believe it was located in the west San Fernando Valley.

            2. re: Chowpatty

              Looked for them today around the 2300 block, I guess where the split is. No luck. Or maybe I was looking at the wrong trees (g).

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            1. Thanks. I'll try them, but the website makes it look as though they only sell supplements.

              1. Funny. Called them. The guy that picked up spoke English with a really strong Beijing/Shenyang accent. I asked him if he had carob pods. Had to explain that it was carob fruit. After he understood, he explained that they only sold powder.
                It sounded like he had no idea that carobs provided fruit.

                1. re: Jerome

                  I live in Oakland, and the parking lot of the Fruitvale BART station is FULL of carob trees - maybe 15 of them. I know they were all over the place in May, but I haven't looked lately.

              2. I've never ever seen anyone selling whole carob pods here. I buy carob syrup at Super King (you can try any market that carries Middle Eastern groceries). I buy carob powder and unsweetened carob chips at Granny's Pantry. For pods, I just go looking around the San Gabriel Valley for street trees. I happen to live in in the SGV, but there are also carob trees along the freeways in some areas, in OC, in Riverside.

                Most unfortunately, many cities are cutting down their carob street trees. It's a very drought-resistant plant and actually doesn't do well when people water it often, which they do because they like their lawns. So they start to get sick and then cities cut them down. If you like carob and carob trees, you need to speak up for the trees now because a lot of people seem to want to get rid of them.