The harvest of the carob tree will drop by almost 50% in the upcoming season
The forecast for the upcoming carob harvest of 2019 to 2020 is quite pessimistic. It is expected that this season the production will fall around 40-50% compared to an ordinary crop. This is a result of the heavy rains of last autum, which have affected the pollination of the carob tree and consequently the formation of its fruit.
A consequence of the shortage will be a rise in the price of the raw material, which in turn will affect the price of kibbled carob and carob seeds in the market.
Currently the carob pods are still ripening on the trees and will likely need 2-3 more weeks to become dark and start falling on the ground. We predict that farmers will start collecting the carob by the first or second week of August as usual.