On a rainy day, like today, Iowans will be seeking “Molly Moocher,” “haystack,” or “dry land fish.” The locations are the most closely guarded secrets in Iowa. Residents return to the same places year after year to harvest these morel mushrooms, (Morchella esculenta).
We can make a meal out of them. Some fry them in butter with salt and pepper; others coat them in breading like you would a fish.
But no one shares their secret harvesting places!
Today I read of something that was unfamiliar to me that I think was edible.
2 Kings 6:25, “As a result, there was a great famine in the city. The siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty pieces of silver, and a cup of dove’s dung sold for five pieces of silver.” New Living Translation
It is not clear what ‘dove’s dung’ actually was. The New International Version reads ‘seed pods’ and the New Jerusalem Bible ‘wild onions.’
The Geneva Bible posits that the dung was used as a fuel for fire. Jewish historian Josephus suggested that dove’s dung could have been used as a salt substitute. An alternative view is that ‘dove’s dung’ was a popular name for some other food, such as Star-of-Bethlehem[disambiguation needed] or falafel. A third position, based on amending the Hebrew text, is that the passage actually refers to locust-beans, the fruit of the carob tree. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dove%27s_dung
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for our spring time delicacy. We are grateful that April showers bring more than flowers. We actually look forward to rainy days. Thank you for providing food everywhere.
In Jesus Name,
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