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Sumac “lemonade”
March 9, 2009, 2:05 pm
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It’s not lemonade but when you taste it that’s what you think of. The sumac has a light raspberry-ish taste and there is something to it that makes you think lemonade.

Collect the Sumac berries when they are red and ripe. I live in central Pa and that is usually but mid to the end of July. If the Sumac stains your fingers when you squash the berries, they are ready.  If you pick them too soon, your tea will be bitter. I say tea, because you make it it in same way, except with cold water. It really is closer to an infusion. But it tastes like more of a juice.

7/8 clusters of berries.

pour cold water over them

let it sit for a few hours

DO NOT forget to strain the “hairs” from the sumac out of your tea.

sweeten to taste (or not)

When your sumac tea is done it will be a pinkish color.


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