Staghorn sumac, or Rhus typhina, is identified by the red fruit clusters resembling the velvety antlers of a male deer (stag), hence the name of “staghorn.”
Sumac berries also have a long history as an herbal remedy. Pioneers treated coughs, sore throats and fevers with sumac, while certain tribes of American Indians used these berries to treat reproductive problems, stomachaches, and wounds. Today, many Middle Eastern cultures still use sumac over vinegar or lemons - and have it in shakers on the table to season their favorite foods in much the same way salt and pepper are common settings in the US.
Please contact if you've a preference of stamps or branch to loose berries in season these can be collected. This listing is for the berries with stems removed.
Mad for Mushrooms is dedicated to the proliferation and learning of wild foods and natural ecosystems. Predominantly foraged, I focus on offering unusual, and wildly delicious foodstuffs for regional chefs and restaurants. Collaboration is essential to the work, outside of foraging and sharing knowledge, I am interested in further product development, and alternative applications of biomimetics.
By participating in Foraged Market, we hope to reach a wider audience, exciting more minds and mouths with nutritionally dense wild food products. The majority of items will be sourced in the forests and hillsides of the Ohio River Valley. However, when indicated, certain items have been successfully wild-grown in my organic, vegan, urban garden to offer a greater variety.
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