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ISO Carob pods, not powder but whole pods

Jerome Jan 24, 2005 01:45 AM

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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    Jerome Jan 26, 2005 07:37 PM

    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.

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    1. re: Jerome
      susanaloca Jul 4, 2008 10:12 AM

      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.

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      Jerome Jan 26, 2005 07:35 PM

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

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        snackish Jan 24, 2005 09:34 AM

        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
          Chowpatty Jan 24, 2005 10:57 AM

          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
            Jerome Jan 24, 2005 02:08 PM

            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
              WLA Jan 24, 2005 02:13 PM

              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
                carole622 Aug 16, 2007 04:24 PM

                Do you know who might sell Carob Pods?

              2. re: Jerome
                Silverlake Bodhisattva Jan 25, 2005 12:39 PM

                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.


                1. re: Silverlake Bodhisattva
                  Jerome Jan 25, 2005 05:36 PM

                  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
                    L Jan 27, 2005 12:23 AM

                    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
                  Jerome Jan 25, 2005 05:37 PM

                  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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