During the last days of August 2015 a very nice and original evening of entertainment dedicated to carob take place in Elounda Crete Greece. Probably the only one in Crete. It was the third year and is dedicated to a product with the past and future importance for the whole island of Crete. The celebration took place in the school yard which is central courtyard of the adjacent Church in Kato Pines. The entrance was welcome by young people of the village who was treating tsikoudia almonds and bread with carob spread. The carob spread was tahini with honey and carob power. There are also traditional Cretan foods. The evening started by president of the Association Mr Arnaoutakis Vangelis with little speech about carob as product and prefaced and Cretan artists central entertained the world and the treasurer of the Association that Chrisoula Drakonaki who was the initiator for the manufacture of the carob products offered during the evening. Ms. Drakonaki spoke and said about the importance of carob and human products in the past years a few decades ago and now that the crisis demands that food self-sufficiency. He spoke in detail for the preparation of carob honey or charoumpia as there were called. He also gave some recipes using carob powder and carob honey. He also spoke about the benefits of bean products fertility and sexuality of man. During the event offered carob products were prepared by members of the Association. The process of preparing watched via display and description of Ms Drakonaki. The feature in this process was that breaking locust beans made with stone (pebble), followed by soaking in warm water overnight and then separation cloth the liquid phase from the solid. Then the liquid containing all of the valuable nutrients bean (sugar, calcium, minerals and phenols) is condensed by boiling in 1/6 to give the carob honey. The carob products were offered except carob spread offered on reception was and 2 desserts at the end of the evening a) yogurt with carob honey and b) donuts with carob powder garnished with carob honey.
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