Currajong Disability Services (CDS) is placing a lot of faith in a little-known product to ensure the long-term viability of its vital services. A year ago Chairman of CDS Neil Unger started planting carob with great success just outside Parkes as part of the process to find interesting and unique ideas as a revenue stream for the organisation.
“Carob is drought proof, can grow on free draining soil, slightly salt tolerant and feeds stock for free. Not to mention the numerous health benefits for people,” said Neil, who has spent his life on the land. “But we can’t do it alone and we are happy to share the windfalls and successes that come with it,” Neil said. “We need assistance from farmers who have some acreage to grow carobs.”
Neil’s mission is to educate the public on the numerous advantages carobs provide. Carob has a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to boost the immune system, reduce the risk of cancer, improve digestion, slow down ageing, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and manage diabetes.
According to Organic Facts, carob, also known as St. John’s-bread, is a member of the Fabaceae family with edible fruits that are considered legumes. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and Northern Africa, as well as parts of the Indian subcontinent and Asia all the way to Macaronesia.
Many cultures use carobs like others eat nuts and seeds, and it is also a substitute for chocolate! “Carob is an amazing legume. I would like to see carob become a viable alternative in the agriculture and health industries,” said Neil.
“This could not only benefit the said sectors, but hopefully it will safeguard the future of Currajong Disability Services well into the 21st century.”
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