this section LebanonPostcard presents the typical Lebanese
“debs” or treacle of the carob tree.
tree is common all over Lebanon. The seeds are contained in
long pods that are green to begin with and then brown when fully
ripe. These pods are ground to flour in the mill and then treated
with hot water and boiled until reduced to the consistency of
The debs or treacle of the carob tree (for there are other kinds
of treacle, made for example from grapes) is rich in glucose
and in metal oxides, of iron, magnesium, calcium, and so on.
This debs is very beneficial for the digestive system, increasing
immunity and improving the condition of the vocal cords and
Typically its aroma is pleasant and appetizing while the taste
is deliciously sweet and succulent, and it is in demand as a
tonic. It is eaten in much the same way as honey or jam. The
taste can be further improved and refined and made more delectable
and nourishing by adding to every cup of the treacle (75-100
grams) one or two large spoonfuls (25 grams) of sesame cream,
“tehini”, to make a mixture generally called “tehini
debs” (debs ‘a tehini).
Together with honey and figs, carob treacle was for several
centuries the only source of glucose until the industrial exploitation
of sugar beet and sugar cane. Thus even up to the present day
this treacle is stored with the winter provisions in all the
homes in the mountain villages. There it is used for preparing
many kinds of cakes, biscuits and dishes, according to a great
variety of recipes. Doctors recommend it to those who are anemic,
in weak health, or being nursed, causing it to be considered
a restorative of strength to the muscles.
The typical Lebanese “debs” or treacle of
the carob tree - Jar 1100 grams
- 100 percent pure - No HFCS in our debs brand -
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