I decided to do about of research about mandrakes. Remember the ones found by Dan and purchased from Leah by Rachel?
Now I don't remember seeing any indepth explanation of what mandrakes are in the WT. Having found out more about them there may be good reason for that.!
Mandrakes are a root vegetables that have a long history of association with magic and witchcraft. They are narcotics and produce hallucinations and hypnosis.
In the bronze age time they were also meant to bring fertility and prosperity if placed within a home.
I cannot find anywhere that says mandrakes make a good meal in fact quite the reverse, they are poisonous and can kill or turn a person mad if ingested.
So it would appear that Rachel wanted these mandrakes to: practice magic with, to get high or to bring their magical powers into the home to help her get pregnant?
Now I perhaps might be wrong but I'm just going on all that I've researched.
I'd like to know what you think?