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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Foraging 101: Sumac

Staghorn sumac is a classic foraged beverage staple. The Indians used it to make a type of "lemonade". The berries are a little messy to deal with- they are hard and fuzzy, not like most berries. They can be stripped off, dried (they seem dry to me right off the stem...?) and saved for later use. Sumac has a citrusy flavor that works great for drinks, plus it is high in vitamin C just like oranges.
I added some of my berries to kombucha during the 'tea' phase. One of my other goals with this plant is to do a soda- like lemonade, but bottled and carbonated. Too bad I lost my bottle brush, huh? Wonder where it ran off to...

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