Our carob powder is exclusively sourced from local old growth carob trees in Sicily. Over 70% of traditional carob production in the world takes place in Sicily, as the cultivation of carob has been intertwined with Sicilian culture for centuries. The result can be tasted: Sicilian carob is particularly flavourful and rich.
Our carob powder is made from carob pods sourced from native, certified organic cultivation, without the use of pesticides. Carob trees characterise the landscape of southeastern Sicily, where the mild Mediterranean climate is warm year-round and facilitates the growth of nutritious and flavourful carob. Only fully ripened and whole pods that have already fallen to the ground are selected for production. The natural sweetness of these carob pods is delightful, and we do not add sugar or flavour enhancers to the powder. Our natural carob powder tastes exquisite all on its own.
The cultivation region stretches across a swath of land in the southeast of the island that benefits from the climate. The carob trees here are managed by small, traditional, family-operated businesses. The ripe carob pods are collected by hand from August to September in cooperation with local farms that ensure fair working conditions. We support these farmers out of conviction, because the working conditions for harvest workers at large plantations do not meet our high standards. The harvest itself also follows tradition: since the rocky terrain does not permit harvest machinery, the ripe carob pods that have fallen to the ground are collected by hand every day during the harvest period. Pods still attached to the tree are pulled down with a rake, in a manner similar to olive harvesting, without damaging any flowering parts of the tree. Thereafter, the pods are carefully sorted, cleaned, and broken apart to remove the seeds. Only the fruit pulp of the pods is dried, gently roasted, and finally milled into aromatic carob powder. The seeds, from which a natural thickening agent can be produced, are not included in the powder.
Our carob powder has an intense flavour with a natural sweetness reminiscent of caramel and chocolate withouth the use of any sweeteners, sugars, or flavour enhancers.