The Jews were not gluttons, and although they ate mostly products of the soil, they were not vegetarians. Fish were plentiful, grasshoppers were eaten fried, but other meat, always with a concern for what was kosher, i.e. ritually slaughtered as ordered in the Law (Deut. 12: 15 ff.), was a luxury. Honey was valued, and so were eggs (Deut. 22: 6). Pigs were taboo, and so was the meat of any animal that had died a natural death (Deut. 14: 21).