Carob beans are the fruit of the carob tree. Shaped like elongated pods, the beans are naturally sweet and are dark in colour when ripe and ready to be harvested. Although carob originated in the Middle East, it is currently found throughout the Mediterranean basin and is especially common in Portugal, Spain and Morocco. From harvesting on the hot summer days through to the end product and packaging details, Carob World monitors the entire carob value chain, to ensure quality in its manufacturing process and end products. The company uses carob sourced in the Algarve, which is processed at its manufacturing plant in Faro, the southern Portuguese region’s capital city.