Turkey meets 10 percent of annual carob production of World

"Turkey meets 10 percent of overall 150,000 tons of annual carob production in the world," Ayse Atiseri, an executive of Atiseri medical & aromatic plants exporting and importing firm, told A.A correspondent.

Turkey meets 10 percent of annual carob production of World
Atiseri said Turkey's annual carob production of 20,000 tons will increase after new fields are opened to cultivation.

"Thus we will not only push more products in the domestic market but also raise exports and provide more foreign exchange," she told.

According to Atiseri, their company exported 20 tons of carob nectar to Britain and Germany in 2006 and set this year's target as 30 tons.

Also, the USA is interested in Atiseri products and Arab countries are the new target of the company, Atiseri said. She also said the company thinks Arab countries will like carob syrup.

"Hacettepe University tested carob nectar and found out that it is highly antioxidant," Atiseri also said.

Carob -- particularly carob syrup -- raises sexual power, lowers cholesterol, provides mental and bone development of children thanks to high potassium, phosphorus and calcium it obtains, and prevents asthma, bronchitis and dyspnea. It is also expectorant and helps digestion, it augments memory and attention and relieves nerves.

The motherland of carob is Greece, Morocco, Tunisia and Israel and it is produced mostly in southern Antalya, Mersin and Mugla provinces of Turkey. The carob fruit begins to grow at the beginning of May and mature in June and/or July. The color of the fruit turns from green to brown after it becomes mature and cannot be picked until it dries.

The carob fruit can be harvested from September till the end of December.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Aralık 2007, 12:01
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