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Ceratonia Siliqua English: Carob Spanish: Algarroba Estonian:Jaanileivapuu Portuguese: Alfarrobeira Albanian: Karkelek Carob , leguminous evergreen tree (Ceratonia siliqua) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to Mediterranean regions but cultivated in other warm climates, including Florida and California. The large red pods have been used for food for animal and man since prehistoric times Catalan: Garrofer Turkish: Keçiboynuzu FLOWERS LEAVES: FRUIT: The red flowers are followed by flat leathery pods 7.5–30 cm (3– 12 inches) long. The tree, about 15 metres (50 feet) tall, has pinnately compound (feather-formed) glossy evergreen leaves with thick leaflets. The pods contain 5 to 15 hard brown seeds embedded in a sweet edible pulp.