Nutrient Content of Carob Pod (Ceratonia siliqua L.) Flour Prepared Commercially and Domestically


Although the fruit of the carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L. Fabaceae) is nutritious and widely available in Turkey, especially in West and South Anatolia, much remains to be learned about its nutrient composition. The main goal of our study was to determine if there are differences in the content of certain nutrients in commercially-prepared carob flour (CPCP) and domestic or home-prepared carob powder (HPCP). Sucrose was the main sugar in CPCP and HPCP. Total protein was 40% lower in CPCP than HPCP due mainly to decreases in the content of several essential amino acids. However, except for lysine in CPCP, HPCP and CPCP compared favourably to a WHO protein standard. There were large differences in terms of their content of the two essential fatty acids, linoleic and α-linolenic acid, and the linoleic acid/α-linolenic acid ratio was 3.6 for CPCP, and 6.1 for HPCP. Manganese and iron were 2.5-fold higher in HPCP than CPCP. This study demonstrates that carob flour prepared in either the household or industrially is a good source of many, but not all essential nutrients, and that commercial processing of carob fruit into flour seems to affect its content of several important nutrients.

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Ascorbic acid


High-density lipoprotein


Home-prepared carob powder


High-performance liquid chromatography


Low-density lipoprotein


Monounsaturated fatty acid


Micro-vacuum degasser


Commercially-prepared carob powder


Polyunsaturated fatty acid


Refractive index detector


Thermostated column compartment


World Health Organization


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Some of the chemicals, reagents and instrumentation used in the present study were purchased using funds awarded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (TUBITAK-TBAG Project No.: 103 T152). The authors gratefully acknowledge this support.

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Ayaz, F.A., Torun, H., Glew, R.H. et al. Nutrient Content of Carob Pod (Ceratonia siliqua L.) Flour Prepared Commercially and Domestically. Plant Foods Hum Nutr 64, 286 (2009).

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  • Ceratonia siliqua
  • Carob pod
  • Sugar
  • Minerals
  • Fatty acids
  • Amino acids