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Recipe modified by Mike Krebill, April 15, 2017
Served at: North Carolina Wild Food Weekend as a Punch
What are sumac drupes? This recipe uses sumac drupes, which are fleshy fruits with thin skins and central stones containing the seed, e.g., a plum, cherry, almond, or olive.
The berries are small and hard, covered in a sticky red fur. If you rub your hands against them and taste the residue they leave behind, it should taste like sour candy.
Try not to take any more than a few bunches off a single tree, and only if there’s plenty remaining on it. Aim for the ones that still looks full and bright, bright red.
Note; Poisonous Sumac has white berries and the cones point downward