Prosopis chilensis (Large Fruited)
Chilean Carob Tree
A small tree with feathery foliage in the Fabaceae (pea family), native to the arid regions of northern Chile, southern Peru and northern Argentina. The fruits are similar to carob and are used to make a rich sugary “flour.” The dried fruits are placed in a blender and the resulting flour is sifted and added to desserts, pastries, soups and even ice-cream. The dried pods are also nibbled on as a delightful snack. These trees are beneficial as Nitrogen fixers. They grow quickly and are extremely hardy. The variety offered here is one of the larger fruited forms from the Atacama desert in Chile. In cultivation, Prosopis chilensis can take moderate freezes and severe droughts and can be grown in dry climates of USDA zones 8 to 10. Seeds are easy to sprout but need to be scarified and soaked before sowing.