More than 125 plants plants trees and herbs are mentioned in scripture. Most are still growing at this time.
These plants are a living link between us and the people of those distant times.
Heirloom Organics has chosen the best varieties to create a Bible Garden in North America. Many of the varieties are medicinal and many are edible.
Below are some verses from the King James Version of the Bible to show these plants in use during biblical times.
Barley "And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat." - 2 Kings 4:42 (KJV)
Bean, Fava "Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof." - Ezekiel 4:9 (KJV)
Coriander "And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey" - Exodus 16:31 (KJV)
Cucumber "And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city." - Isaiah 1:8 (KJV)
Dill "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." - Matthew 23:23 (KJV) **Note: In translating the Bible into English, the word for dill was incorrectly translated as Anise and this has been perpetuated in many English versions of the Bible**
Flax "She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." - Proverbs 31:13 (KJV)
Hyssop "And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet" - Leviticus 14:52 (KJV)
Leek "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick" - Numbers 11:5 (KJV)
Lentil "Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse" - 2 Samuel 17:28 (KJV)
Mulberry "And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines." - 2 Samuel 5:24 (KJV)
Mustard "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." - Matthew 17:20 (KJV)
Wheat "Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much." - Ezra 7:22 (KJV)