The carob tree during in centuries The carob tree during in centuries «The trees of friendship» 2008-09
Locust tree Carob-bean tree leaf Carob-bean tree wrist
This ancient tree from inveteracy represents regeneration, patience and longevity. Calm Tranquility Serenity
Don’t worry !!! It’s not a prison…. It’s just a swing …
For Cyprus the carob-bean tree the old years was a kind of black treasure because was very famous in all Europe
History Ceratonia siliqua , the scientific name of the carob tree, derives from the Greek kerátiοn (κεράτιον), “fruit of the carob” (from keras [κέρας] "horn"), and Latin siliqua "pod, carob." The term "carat", the unit by which diamond weight is measured, is also derived from the Greek word kerátiοn (κεράτιον), alluding to an ancient practice of people in the Middle East weighing gold and gemstones against the seeds of the carob tree.
In late Roman and early Byzantine times the pure gold coin known as the solidus weighed 24 carat seeds (about 4.5 grams). As a result, the carat also became a measure of purity for gold. Thus 24 carat gold means 100% pure, 12 carat gold means the alloy contains 50% gold.
<ul><li>Robert Byron travelled widely in the 1930's and wrote about his journeys. In 1933-1934 his destination was Persia, now Iran, and Afghanistan. En route he drove from Larnarca to Nicosia on Cyprus. He wrote: " . . . the terraced fiedls are dotted with carob trees. The carob harvest was in full swing as I passed: men bashing down the fruit with long poles; women loading it into sacks and loading them on to donkeys. The carob is exported to make cattle- food. It looks like a shrivelled banana and tastes, I found, like a glucose doormat.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Byron, Robert 1937, The Road to Oxiana, Macmillan and Co. Ltd. </li></ul>