Take the berries off the stems and place in a bowl (you can toss in the stems too if you like). Add water to cover the berries and let sit 15-30 minutes. Line a sieve with a coffee filter and strain the liquid. Done! Add stevia to sweeten. Refrigerate or add ice before serving, if desired. Keep remainders refrigerated.
Sumac is usually harvested in mid-summer, in the months of July and August.
Like most herbs, you want to collect the berries (called drupes) when it hasn't rained in at least 2 days. Do the taste test before harvesting: lick your finger, run it over the berries, then re-lick your finger. The taste should be pleasantly sour. If it's early in the season and some of the berries are still green, then they aren't ready yet. If you're harvesting in September, the berries might be past their prime.
Because Sumac berries are high in Vitamin C and because they are high in tannins, you want to use room temperature or cold water for soaking them, NOT hot water.
Using an unbleached coffee filter to line the sieve is essential, as you don't want any small hairs in your Sumac-ade!
While Sumac-ade is tasty all on its own, adding stevia adds a touch of sweet and helps to counteract the sour taste. Or try:
Sumac-ade Lemonade. Add 1 part Lemonade OR Lemon Detox Water (recipes below) + 1 part Sumac-ade. The following two recipes are great on their own :)
---> Squeeze 2 lemons (or 1/4 cup lemon juice) and add 3 3/4 cups water. You can use more or less lemon juice, as you prefer. You can use lime juice instead (or even a combination e.g. 1 lime and 1 lemon :)). Stevia can be used to sweeten.
Sugar-free Lemon Detox Water
---> Simply slice 1 fresh lemon (or 1 lime) and add the slices to a 1-liter mason jar with 4 cups water. Let sit 8 hours or overnight before straining. Refreshing and tasty all on its own! Refrigerate or add ice, if desired. Stevia can be added for a touch of sweetness. Great to drink in the morning as a way to detox the liver and body :)
As always, Enjoy :)
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