Ken has checked the last item off his to-do list, and has one important goal to meet: “What does it mean to be a 21st century European? I’m super excited to finally start travelling along the Danube route and find the answer to this question sitting in my head!”
No, we hadn’t heard of Carob either, until Louis and Luisa introduced us to it! On the island of Vis, Croatia, they met up with Nebojša Božanić, one of the 100 organic farmers of the region who have been given the support they needed to start or to develop their activity, as part of the Ekobiz project. Training in agronomy and organic farming, business advice, grants to invest in equipment and seeds as well as promotional support for the products at a regional organic fair Eko Fjera : these are the main opportunities provided by this EU funded regional scheme.
Nebojša’s carob pod has been around for thousands of years, but benefiting from Ekobiz enabled him to find new prospects for his products; he even won an award!
So, what is carob? It’s a mildly sweet fruit pod that is farmed mainly in the Mediterranean region and can be used in several forms, but powdered is often used as a substitute for sugar or cocoa in cooking and baking. It can even be a direct substitute for chocolate as our travellers discovered!
Find out a little more about Ekobiz on their facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/