On the arid portions of the Old World the Ceratonia siliqua is one of the greatest blessings. It thrives in desert places where nothing else will grow. It has a pod somewhat similar to the Honey Locust, but much more succulent and sweet. It is food for many kinds of animals, and very good to eat. The "locust and wild honey" St. John is said to have eaten in the wilderness, has been attributed to this tree for the locust and to a sort of honey bee for the other; but this is itself so sweet that there is scarcely any need of the insect product to help the other down.

Perhaps even "wild honey "may have been the name of another plant, for there is a good deal of uncertainty about the plants of the Scriptures, the original books having been lost and our readings being from translations from comparatively modern copies and these in the dead languages. Professor Riley believes that it was not this tree at all that St. John ate from, but the veritable locust, which he thinks as good as beefsteak or other animal luxury, and which would not require wild honey to render them one whit more palatable. However, whether this be St. John's Bread or not, it is a useful tree under that name, and we have the pleasure of recording that Mr. Shinn, of Niles, California, finds it admirably well adapted to the climate, and has fruited with him for the first time this year in that State, and probably in the United States.