Handsome drought-resistant and nitrogen-fixing tree for Mediterranean climates.(Called St. John's bread because it is believed to be the "locust" pods that John the Baptist ate in the desert.)
Produces masses of sweet pods, which dry on the tree and can be ground to make nutritious flour, used as a chocolate substitute, in baking, or as a beverage.
Contains 3 times more calcium than milk.Widely used also as a nutrient-dense animal feed. Can be grown as an evergreen hedge.
BOTANICAL NAME Ceratonia siliqua
This evergreen shrub is a drought-resistant and nitrogen fixing plant. Hard seed coat prevents it from sprouting until water can penetrate. So, scratch each seed with a file or sandpaper until you can see the lighter inner hull in one spot. Then pour boiling water over the seeds and let them soak overnight in a warm place. Put the seeds 1" deep in pots or flats of growing medium, and keep in a sunny window or under lights. Maintain at least 70 degrees until seeds sprout.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 9-11/Height 50'/Matures 6 yrs/Spacing 21"