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This is a garden herb (Ruta graveolens) which the Pharisees were careful to tithe (Luke 11:42 KJV), neglecting weightier matters.

It is omitted in the parallel passage of Matthew 23:23 KJV.

There are several species growing wild in the Land of Israel. It is used for medicinal and culinary purposes. It has a powerful scent, and is a stimulant.

(See MINT.)

Article Version: July 17, 2021