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Staghorn Sumac is ready at least here in Erie. To tell just crush some berries in your mouth and you will get a sharp lemon favor. To make Sumac-ade just add cold water to some horns an leave in the refrigerator over night and add sugar. Warm or hot water will make it bitter. Crushing the berries and playing with the amount of Sumac you use till you get just the favor you want. You can also add the berries to meats and salads it goes especially well with fish. Last but not least if you make beer they are a great flavor to add wheat beers. (After primary fermentation)

Staghorn sumac .. Later int the season I will make sumacade and use the berries for a hand full of fun and tasty concoctions, but they will not be rip for while yet. Right now though you can snack on the tops of small shoots. Be aware that this may kill the shoot (often that’s the point ). Just peal the top and pop it in your mouth it should be sweet and a little softer then celery. If not you picked an old one or pealed it wrong. It’s good a trail snack, but I would not go and harvest it. BTW Poison sumac and staghorn do not look alike at all.