Monday, December 13, 2010
I can tell you this: simmering horsetails on the stove makes your house smell like wet hay.
After it cooled, we used a skimmer and then a strainer to remove the horsetails, then poured the liquid through a funnel into an empty plastic juice bottle. It looked nasty, like some 18th-century snakeoil salesman's concoction, and packed quite a pong.
I left the bottle, by prior agreement, on a friend's doorstep, clearly labeled "horsetail dye" so that it would not be mistaken for either apple juice or a very large biological/medical sample.
If only they graced the garden like a silk scarf instead of looking like a crowd of frenzied Triffids when they're in season.