Locust

CAROB pods may have been the "locusts" eaten by St John the Baptist - "now John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle round his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey" (Matthew 3; 4). The pods are known as Locust Beans, and this is the name under which they are imported into Britain (Wit). Locust is Latin locusta, meaning a lobster, hence by inference a locust, and a description of the shape of the pods. Carob is not the only tree bearing the name. Robiniapseudacacia, the FALSE ACACIA, pod is Black Locust, while members of the genus Gleditsia, and Hymenaea too, bear the name (Watts. 2000). Catalpa bignonoides is also known as the Locust Bean.

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