Cultivated or naturalized, carob trees are a common sight in the Algarve, and like with almond trees, it's not always easy to determine which trees were planted and which were not.
This carob tree species is native to Israel; this specimen measures about 12 metres in height and is positioned at gorge top at the Banias Falls, not far from the Syrian-Israeli border.
Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the carob tree and St John's-bread, is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated for its edible legumes, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The crushed seed pod is often used as a substitute for chocolate.