Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Mistletoe - not just for Christmas
Two black crows sitting either side of a great bunch of Mistletoe at the Summer Solstice - about as un-Christmassy as you can get, eh? Sorry about the crappy photo (again).
Mistletoe berries are quite a powerful sedative, if you can actually swallow them. The fruit surrounding the seeds is extremely slimy and sticky, so it tends to be next to impossible to get them down your neck and just as difficult to spit them out if you decide against swallowing them in the first place. I suppose they have evolved like this to give them as much chance of sticking to a tree without falling off as possible. Anyway, I am not suggesting you try to eat them, it's just that I did once, in my youth.
Perhaps our resident Druid can tell me why Mistletoe had such significance to his ancient forbears, before the symbolism was hi-jacked by Christians?