Edible Wild Plant Honor Answers

4. From two of the plants below, demonstrate at least one way how to prepare and eat that plant, and explain how you can prepare the other parts. 5. Tell a Bible or Church history story that involves poisonous or edible wild plants or where such knowledge would have been useful.  Or find a Bible object lesson in a wild edible plant.
Gen. 13:18 (ASV) And Abram moved his tent, and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built there an altar unto Jehovah.
Gen. 14:12-13 (ASV) And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. 13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew. Now he dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner. And these were confederate with Abram.
Gen. 18:1 (ASV) And Jehovah appeared unto him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.
(Do you think Abram ate the acorns? There is archaeological evidence that they were eaten back then.)

II Kings 4:38-41 (NIV) Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, "Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these men."
39 One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine. He gathered some of its gourds and filled the fold of his cloak. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. 40 The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, "O man of God, there is death in the pot!" And they could not eat it. 41 Elisha said, "Get some flour." He put it into the pot and said, "Serve it to the people to eat." And there was nothing harmful in the pot.

Matt 3:4(NIV) John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. (Locusts are carob or a similar bean pod.)

Lichens are an edible plant that is a blend of two plants depending on each other. So Jesus is a blend of divine and human.

Luke 1:35 (NIV) The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

John 1:1-5 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

John 1:9-14 (NIV) The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- 13 (JEG) children born not of natural descent, nor of their human decision or someone else's will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Most acorns are very BITTER and need to be washed of their bitterness before they are useful. So we must be washed of our bitterness of sin to be useful to God.

Ps 51:2-3 (NIV) Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Ps 51:6-7 (NIV) Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Ps 51:10-13 (NIV) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

Titus 3:4-7 (NIV) But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Cleavers stick to your clothes. That is how God wants us to stick to Him and to the good.

Rom 12:9 (ASV) Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Deut 10:20 (KJV) Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
(NIV) Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name.

Deut 30:20 (KJV) That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: . . .
(NIV) and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land . . .

Josh 23:8 (KJV) But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
(NIV) But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.

Acts 11:23 (KJV) Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
(NIV) When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.

See also Josh 22:5 , Deut 11:22 , Deut 13:4 (KJV)

Tumbleweed God blows the wicked like wind blows tumbleweed.
Ps 83:13 (NIV) Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind.

Isa 17:13 (NIV) Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale.

This is a start but God has given you many more think up some yourself.

6. The roots of what 2 water plants were dried and ground into meal by the Indians? Or name 2 wild plants used as staple food items buy the indigenous people of your area and tell how they stored and prepared them.

Cattail, arrowhead, bulrush

7. What is the cardinal edibility rule?

Positively identify every plant that you eat and know it is edible and how to prepare it.

What is the general edibility rule for berries?. [black and blue, red, and white]

90% of black or blue berries, half of red berries, 10% of white berries are edible.
For berries the rule is
Black and blue are good for you.
Red use your head.
White don't bite.
Andrew Manthe
List an exception Raw poke berries (seeds) and nightshade berries and black and poisonous,
Western snow berries are white and edible but if they are not ripe they are bitter and give you a sore throat.
Symphoricarpos mollis poisonous Eastern snow berries will make you vomit. Symphoricarpos albus

What is the general edibility rule for plants with milky sap?

Plants with a milky sap are usually not edible.
List an exception. Milk weed (cooked), dandelion, salsify, wild lettuce, figs, lettuce, mulberry, etc.

8.Identify 3 poisonous plants in your area that no part can be made edible.
Tell how you would recognize water hemlock and poison hemlock?

Water and poison hemlock are in the carrot family both usually have purple spots. Water hemlock has veins running to the notch of the leaves and has hollow roots that often contain a yellow liquid.

Tell why mushrooms so very dangerous to eat?
Some people with PhDs in mycology (mushroom study) have been killed by mistakenly eating poisonous mushrooms. Other people have died after eating food cut with a knife that had not been washed after it cut poisonous mushrooms. The Bible never mentions them as a food acceptable for people.