OK so I haven’t lost my mind. Yes, there’s an edible sumac (I know what you’re thinking – poison sumac – but the one I’m talking about is an ancient bush/shrub/tree that has edible berries).
Staghorn sumac or Rhus typhina grows throughout the northeastern & midwestern U.S. and southeastern Canada. Staghorn sumac is a small tree or large shrub, usually eight to 20 feet tall. What you see here is the flowering cones which will soon turn into magenta colored berries, perfect for sumac lemonade – yes, I’ll share that recipe when I harvest the berries.