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Old 10-27-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Dark velvet red sumac berries create one of the best tasting iced teas!
Sporting a cranberry lemonade like flavor loaded with vitamin C.

SUMAC TEA
Harvest blossoms late August through October preferably before the rain has washed away its flavor.
Remove berries from stems and place in a container of cold water.
Crush the berries or put the mixture into a blender and blend.
Let sit for 30 minutes up to a few days depending on how strong you want it.
Strain through a cheesecloth or coffee filter as some varieties (Staghorn) have tiny hairs you'd rather not ingest.
sweeten to taste with sugar, maple syrup, or honey
Serve with ice

Alternate method...
Steep the cones in hot, not boiling water (think SUN TEA).....until the water turns a deep rose color.
Do not boil as it may bring out a bitter taste and destroy the vitamin C.

NOTE: DO NOT USE... The 'WHITE' fruit of the 'POISON SUMAC'
Use ONLY the upright red berries for making sumac tea.
No need to worry about mistaking the edible sumac for the poison sumac because the poison sumac will have.......
loose drooping clusters of white berries.

For more info on the POISON SUMAC: Poison Sumac, Toxicodendron Vernix
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For a few years, I've considered trying this, but have yet to do so. Perhaps this might spur me on. Thanks.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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It's really quite good...The only thing to watch out for is aphids...
Once in a while they take over the blossoms but you'd see them if they were there when you put them into the water..
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It's really quite good...The only thing to watch out for is aphids...
Once in a while they take over the blossoms but you'd see them if they were there when you put them into the water..
Blossoms? I thought the tea was made with the red berries?
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:16 AM   #5
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Berries- Blossoms whatever....I think either term would be correct.
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The flowers are in dense panicles or spikes (2.012 in) long, each flower very small, greenish, creamy white or red, with five petals.
The fruits form dense clusters of reddish drupes called sumac bobs
Sumac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Berries- Blossoms whatever....I think either term would be correct.
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Okay, the "drupes" that is what I thought. Just checking. I didn't want to have to wait until they bloomed again.
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It's real easy to make. Let me know what you think of it...
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Tea time.... If you're wanting to give it a try.
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I actually did finally try it a few years ago...a friend of ours was visiting. He tried it. Jeff didn't. Our friend seemed to enjoy it more than I did. I liked it, but was expecting more of a lemonade flavor.

Hmmm....I wonder if I could make a pink lemonade by combining the two.

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Bet raspberries would do the trick and....add some flavor.
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