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Old 02-10-2003, 02:46 AM
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Default drying scarlet sumac berries



Here's an article about sumac:

http://www.prairienet.org/herbsociety/hotm/sumac.htm



On 9/26/03 8:02 PM, in article , "Phil(NM)"
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thanks. the sumac berries we were warned off of (I was just a kid) were
red. So sumac is not poison?

"William R. Watt" wrote:

the white sumac is toxic. that's why I was careful to put "scarlet" in the
subject line. scarlet sumac is what is called "Indian lemonade".

"Phil" ) writes:
When I grew up back east, I was told that stuff is poisonous....
everyone called it poison sumac just like there was poison oak. ???

"William R. Watt" wrote:

Scarlet sumac berries air dry in a week. I separated them from the cluster
first by twisting each spike in my hands. It doesn't take long to stem the
berries that way. I haven't tried drying the berries on the stem.

I dried 2 plastic gallon ice cream containers full of sumac berries this
year to use for tea over the winter. It is possible to boil up a spike of
berries in a pot of water and strain for tea, but I make one mug at a time
using one of those tea holder things. I found a plastic tea holder thing
at a rummage sale which I can fill stick put in a mug of water in a
micowave. It saves time.

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