I remember a while back reading about a plant that tasted like lemons. I knew it wasn’t a mint or lemon balm. But I knew I had read about a substitute for lemons. I am in zone 8. Maybe I could raise a small lemon tree (along with my lime and kumquats); but how many lemons could I get from that? Not enough. So I set out to find a lemony plant for seasoning and lemonade! Now the only sumac I have heard of is poison sumac; eeek – related to poison ivy. Being highly allergic to poison ivy I was very skeptical. But after a little Google searching, I came upon Green Dean’s site (You know “Eat The Weeds”). He has a wonderful video on sumac. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPH-IDwVmrM
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Sumac is actually used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern foods.
Sumac can also be used in place of candle wax for smokeless candles, as a dye and tanning agent, to make smoke in a beekeepers smoker.
It also has medicinal properties
And miscellaneous uses
Eating Sweet Potato Leaves and Vines:
Are you kidding me? Nope, When we lived in Hawaii we made a nice salad. I picked the shoots and dropped them in boiling water for a few seconds. Then plunged them in cold water. We then mixed them with tomato, sweet onion (like Georgia Vidalia or Maui Sweet Onion) and a little Patis (fermented fish seasoning – really!)
Invasive plant that destroys Florida’s waterways. But I will talk about easy ways to control it and use it as a great benefit!