Horsetail or Horsetail ordinary is a perennial plant with a black rhizome, from which pale brown or reddish, juicy, not branched stems grow in the spring, at the end of which there is a spikelet. On the same rhizome in the summer green, strongly branching stems are formed, about 60 cm high. A distinctive feature of the horsetail is that when the stalk is chewed, it crunches on the teeth.
Unlike other species, the horsetail has branching stems growing not up or horizontally, but up. Popular names for horsetail: panicle, cat’s tail, ponytail, mop grass, tin grass.
Field horsetail grows, as a rule, in humid places, along fields, meadows, along river banks, near ditches, on sands or on higher elevations in the forest. In addition to horsetail, horsetail also grows forest, radiation, swamp and river. Horsetail is distinguished by the presence of secondary branching, horizontal or bent down branches.
The meadow horsetail has horizontal, unbranched, trihedral branches. River horsetail has a thick tall stalk of about 80-100 cm, with simple branches or without them. Marsh horsetail has unbranched, usually pentagonal, branches directed obliquely upward with black bases. It is poisonous, but in small quantities will not harm.
Culinary recipes for horsetail, soup, casserole and horsetail tea, medicinal properties of horsetail. Useful properties and nutritional value of horsetail.
Field horsetail promotes the release of lead, various toxic substances from the body, improves water-salt metabolism. This plant is a natural pantry of silicon. It refers to such medicinal herbs that can hardly harm the body. But it is contraindicated for people suffering from severe renal impairment.
Young spore-bearing shoots of horsetail, freed from the membranes, can be used in food in fresh and boiled form. As well as for the preparation of fillings in pies, casseroles, okroshki and sauces.
Culinary recipes for dishes and drinks from horsetail.
Boil chopped potatoes. Add chopped horsetail pestles. Boil. To salt.
Okroshka with horsetail pestles.
Boiled egg + sorrel (5-10 leaves) + chop horsetail pestles. Pour kvass. Add: boiled potatoes (2 pieces) + horseradish (2 tablespoons) + granulated sugar (1 teaspoon) + salt + mustard + pieces of meat (sausages, etc.). Mix. Add sour cream.
Fried Field Horsetail Pestles.
Bread pestles. To salt. Pour in sour cream. Toast.
Roast horsetail pestle with mushrooms.
Soak dry mushrooms. To grind. Stir with horsetail pestles. To salt. Bake.
Roast horsetail pestle with meat.
Lay a layer of chopped potatoes on the bottom dishes. Then a layer of pieces of meat. Then a layer of horsetail pestles. Pour in sour cream. Top the dishes with a flat cake made of dough mixed with a small amount of fat. Bake.
Field horsetail pestles patties.
Grind the pistils (200 g). Stir with semolina porridge (40 g cereals), boiled in milk (1 cup). Form cutlets from the resulting mass. Bread them in breadcrumbs. Fry or bake in fat. Or: 2 cups of horsetail pestles + 0.5 cups of rice + egg.
Omelet from pestle horsetail.
Mix raw eggs (3 pieces), milk (1 cup) and chopped pestles (2 cups). Pour the resulting mass into a preheated pan (metal sheet), oiled. Fry or bake. You can use grated cheese (30 g). In this case, add 2 eggs to the mixture.
Horsetail Pestle Casserole.
Grind the pistils. Add mashed potatoes. Add a mixture of eggs with milk (1 cup). To salt. Mix. Bake.
Stuffing for horsetail pies.
Grind horsetail pestles, peeled from the shells, together with a boiled egg. Add the fried onions and sour cream. To salt. Mix. To make pies. Bake or fry.
2 teaspoons of chopped herbs, insist in 250 ml of cold water for 12 hours. Or brew with hot water in half an hour strain.
Medicinal properties of horsetail.
Horsetail has the ability to heal ulcers and purulent wounds, relieve inflammation from non-healing wounds. To treat wounds, you need to make a decoction of this plant and use it to treat affected surfaces. When boiling, the silica contained in the horsetail dissolves in water and when it enters the body, it is easily absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract.
Silicon has a general strengthening effect on the whole body, as it affects the metabolism, strengthens capillaries, prevents sclerosis, strengthens the skin, nails, hair and bones. Horsetail decoction is a useful remedy for tumor diseases..
Fresh horsetail juice.
It must be diluted with water in a ratio of 1: 3 and drink a teaspoon 2-3 times a day for prevention. And if you use it as a hemostatic agent, then the dose is 2-3 times more.
Tincture of fresh horsetail.
Pour 0.5 g of vodka into 100 g of herbs and put in a warm place for 2 weeks. Or mix 1: 1 by volume juice of grass horsetail and dry red wine. Take 25-50 g 3-4 times a day 30 minutes before meals with dysentery, diarrhea, pulmonary tuberculosis, muscle weakness, edema due to circulatory failure, inflammatory processes of the bladder and urinary tract, with inguinal hernia, gallstone disease, gout.
Based on the book Survival beyond the threshold of civilization.