At the same time as the grape harvest, the fruits of the carob tree mature in Es Fangar. Traditionally, the fruit is struck down with sticks from the branches of the trees and garned with large nets on the ground. There they are picked up by hand and put in big packs for transport.
The carob is currently experiencing a renaissance. It used to be a staple food that was processed in many foods. Locust bean flour is especially popular with vegetarians and vegans today. For a long time, animals drew on from the sweet-tasting fruit. It is used in forage mixtures for horses, cattles, pigs and poultry. Another excellent product is the so-called Carochoc, which is made from carob shells. This product is becoming increasingly popular in the elaboration of chocolate products, beverages and as a substitute for cocoa. Due to its natural sweetness, the fruit is used for so-called kaftan syrup and caftan honey. Particularly valuable is the flour obtained from the kernels, which is processed in various industries. The organic food industry has discovered this natural thickening agent for itself. Additionally the product is used in the pharmaceutical industry due to its gelatinous structure. In earlier times, the seeds were used to weigh gold and gems. The word carat has its roots in the name of Carube. Carube comes from the Arabic and is the original name for the fruit of the tree. Also known today as Algaroba. In particular, the weight of the female seeds is actually about 200 milligrams, which corresponds to a carat. This was stated by Lindsey Turnbull, University of Zurich.
There are about 2000 carob trees in Es Fangar, which provide the entire finca with its evergreen leaves freshness and shade. Horses and wild animals enjoy the cool under the lush foliage on hot summer days on the wide pastures. In the gnarled trunks of the trees, hoopoes find ideal nesting caves. And especially the many honey and wild bees in Es Fangar love the sweet nectar of the delicate flowers.
Due to their low water requirements, carob trees are the ideal partner for an ecological management of dry and barren areas on a low-water island such as Mallorca. The trees are primarily native from the Mediterranean, but there is also a long growing tradition of these trees in more northerly areas such as Austria, where it is known as Bockshörndlbaum.
Highly valuable is also its wood, which is very hard and therefore very well suited for processing to hard-wearing parquet floors, but also for many other carpentry work, such as house doors, etc..
Many years ago in Es Fangar they decided not to prune the trees. It has been said that the tree itself repels branches that it can no longer supply. It does this so skillfully that it still remains in balance and thus determines the processes necessary for its healthy life. In Es Fangar prevails – hands off saws and axes.
Carob trees are part of Es Fangar. We really value these frugal trees that, have been given eternal life. Because even if they are felled or it seem to be dead, from the remaining roots new buds grow like a miracle again and again, which gives continuity new life to the tree.
Our carob trees can be visited as part of an Es Fangar Discovery Tour, which you can book on our homepage tours / es-fangar.com. You might also read the posts of some visitors on tripadvisor.