Staghorn Sumac Lemonade / Tea

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Staghorn Sumac Lemonade / Tea

Postby k-villa » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:36 pm

Sumac flower/fruit clusters grow on the top and can be picked in summer to late fall with mid to late fall being the better times to pick ripe fruit clusters. Boil water roughly a gallon of water, add two flower heads and add sugar or honey to taste. Strain berries and hair like fibers with cheese cloth or paper paint strainer. This use to be used as a substitute for pink lemonade for it does taste lemony and is pink in color when using ripe fruit clusters. The below pictured fruit cluster of the Staghorn Sumac is from a young tree picked in July and not fully matured yet. Older, more mature fruit clusters are larger and with turn the water more pink and is stronger in flavor.
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Staghorn Sumac Tea - not Poisonous Sumac

Postby k-villa » Tue May 10, 2016 8:29 am

So in addition to making some of our favorite tea, a somewhat lemony tea (if you add a good amount of sugar and get really ripe fruit clusters which are located at the tops of the trees, you can create a pink lemonade substitute) the Staghorn Sumac is also medicinal.

The leaves and bark when brewed into a strong tea can serve as an antiseptic wash that cleans wounds and slows bleeding. The poultice of the leaves also soothes poison ivy rash. The wonderful Staghorn Sumac - always fun to ask others if they want some Sumac tea or "hey rub this sumac on your rash" for people always associate Sumac with Poison Sumac which doesn't even look anywhere near the same. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :lol:
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Re: Staghorn Sumac Tea - not Poisonous Sumac

Postby k-villa » Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:08 am

Had to stop today along the roadside at a local Wildlife Management Area (WMA) - ripe and ready Staghorn Sumac for lemonade tea. The previous post of this topic was of a young tree and earlier in the season. The color of the tea/lemonade should be more red, add sugar or honey to taste. Strain fiber hairs and particles with paint strainer or other fine meshed strainer. If I remember correctly, it's possible to make tea with this flower head by slightly crushing the berries in your hand and letting soak overnight in water. I often make tea without boiling or cooking including regular Lipton iced tea - room temperature and over night on the counter gives us a good medium to dark tea depending on how many tea bags - 1 to 2 bags for a gallon serving. Similar to eating raw vs. cooking, both have pro's and con's.

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Staghorn Sumac soon to be lemonade tea, July 2016 flower buds
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Staghorn Sumac Lemonade / Tea - not Poisonous Sumac

Postby k-villa » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:22 pm

Late Fall / Early winter berries, semi-dried already on the tree - picked in early November.
Excellent hot tea and less sour lemon flavor than when berries are fresh and more of a berry or raspberry, cranberry after taste flavor. Excellent hot tea.
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Re: Staghorn Sumac Lemonade / Tea - not Poisonous Sumac

Postby k-villa » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:01 pm

Latest, largest and last score of the season.

Best so far is eucalyptus sumac with honey.
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