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Poll: Does Sage smell like Horses to you?

Chowrin Feb 24, 2013 03:32 PM

I'm... actually serious here. Was breaking up some dried sage (from someone's garden) for sauce, and i swear to g-d it reminded me of horses!

... is this normal?

Did I get some bad sage?

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    wyogal Feb 25, 2013 07:59 AM

    I think there can be a variation of the smell, depending on the variety of sage, as well as growing conditions.
    To me, it smells like, well, sage. It does "remind" me of the outdoors, and maybe even some of the animals that live there. A smell can "remind" someone of lots of different things, depending on the associations one has with that particular smell.

    1. pinehurst Feb 25, 2013 07:42 AM

      I have only used dried sage from my own garden (or from a store), but I can't say I've ever sensed that.

      Cilantro does smell "soapy" to me, though

      1. ttoommyy Feb 24, 2013 07:11 PM

        It doesn't to me, but I can actually understand what you mean. For the record, some BO smells like chicken soup to me. I have felt this way since kindergarten.

        1. ipsedixit Feb 24, 2013 06:59 PM

          What does horse smell like?

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            ttoommyy Feb 24, 2013 07:14 PM

            "What does horse smell like?"

            But seriously...Got to have been up close to one and experienced it firsthand ipsedixit; can't really explain it. :)

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Bacardi1 Feb 25, 2013 07:29 AM


              1. re: ipsedixit
                tcamp Feb 25, 2013 09:17 AM

                Depends which end.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  latindancer Feb 25, 2013 09:27 AM

                  Earthy. Hay. Wonderful.

                  If their stall isn't mucked out properly it smells like wet, musky crap.

                2. tcamp Feb 24, 2013 06:18 PM

                  No, I've never experienced that with sage.

                  However, dog feet smell like popcorn to me and cumin often smells like BO (but I cook with it anyway).

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                  1. re: tcamp
                    Bacardi1 Feb 25, 2013 07:32 AM

                    Can't say I agree about how Cumin smells to you, but re: dog feet, that "popcorn" (or Frito Corn Chips) scent is due to particular bacteria/yeast that collects in the crevices & between the toes.

                  2. Bacardi1 Feb 24, 2013 04:19 PM

                    Sage doesn't smell like horses to me. And I grow Sage & raise horses.

                    1. MidwesternerTT Feb 24, 2013 04:08 PM

                      No, but thyme smells like gym socks to me. I read seafood menus especially carefully since that seems to be a favorite add-in for both seafood and accompanying side-dishes.

                      1. pikawicca Feb 24, 2013 03:50 PM

                        Definitely not. (Love the smell of both, though.)

                        1. k
                          kengk Feb 24, 2013 03:49 PM

                          Have never noticed it. I think horses smell good, a very distinctive smell.

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                          1. re: kengk
                            Jerseygirl111 Feb 26, 2013 09:18 AM

                            Love the smell of horses. I always felt women have a special affinity for horses.

                            But no Sage I have ever smelled had a similar odor to that of horses.

                          2. grampart Feb 24, 2013 03:47 PM

                            I get that from sagebrush. ; >)

                            1. d
                              dfrostnh Feb 24, 2013 03:46 PM

                              sage is musky - it might remind someone of horses. I think your sage is probably fine.

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                                rjbh20 Feb 24, 2013 03:38 PM

                                What did they use to fertilize the garden with?

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