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Wild Foraging Series Staghorn Sumac

Article from: September 26th, 2012

 

Another wild edible plant of North America is the Staghorn Sumac, also known as Rhus Typhina, which belongs to the cashew family. This plant ranges from a shrub to smallish tree, up to about 15 feet high.

 

Identify The Staghorn Sumac

Identify The Staghorn Sumac

 

The Sumac is another plant that was used by native American Indians for its medicinal properties. It has mostly fallen from the spotlight in modern times though.

 

The Staghorn Sumac can be recognized by its very hairy branches and fruit. The edible version has red fruit. There is a poison Sumac but it has white fruit.

 

Identify the hairy branches on the Staghorn Sumac

Identify the hairy branches on the Staghorn Sumac

 

 

 

You can make a very nice tasting tea from the berries of the Sumac tree. The tea has a sweet and lemony taste, sort of like a lemon tea. As with any natural food, try just a tiny sip of it at first to be sure you are not allergic to it. You can also take a single berry in your mouth and chew off the outer flesh, spitting the seed out.

 

To make a tea out of the Sumac berries, steep them for 15 minutes in near boiling water and then drink. You can also soak them for a couple hours in cold water for a cold drink. Due to its lemony flavor, many suggest that it might contain vitamin C, but there are no nutritional tests to be easily found.

 

The fruit of the Staghorn Sumac

The fruit of the Staghorn Sumac

 

It has been claimed that the Sumac berries contain lots of antioxidants. The tea has traditionally been used to treat sore throats, female disorders, tonsillitis, worms and for colds. Sumac may help fight blood sugar problems as well.

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