You're probably familiar with the spice, Sumac. The ornate shoots are delicious too. Remove the outer leaves and blanch the tender stems briefly and then dip them in your favorite sauce or dip (pesto, hummus, dressing...)
Staghorn Sumac has the most delicious sour flavor of the summer. It carries aromas which clarify the fact that Sumac hails from the same family as mangoes and cashews (Anarcadiaceae).
Fresh sumac, collected at the right time, is an experience like no other. It is exceedingly rich and sour, the flavors bring your mouth alive and your nervous system to attention.
This fruit cluster is just about ripe enough to use
Sumac can be found in such abundance in this country that it should be a part of everyone's diet (providing they are not allergic).
Since it is in the same family as mangoes and cashews (and poison ivy for that matter), anybody suffering from allergies to these foods should proceed with due caution.
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