Staghorn Sumac Season is Here!

Dayna, Alexander (The Ginkgo Tree herbal apprentices) and I made this delicious lemonade and thought you might like to too!

Sumac Lemonade Recipe:


  • 1 cup staghorn sumac berries (~ 3 bunches)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cups water
  • Mint for garnish


  • Pick berry bunches (do not rinse).
  • Bring water to a boil, while removing berries from the bunches.
  • Add berries to hot water, cover and steep for 15 minutes, then strain using coffee filter.
  • Stir in sugar and lemon.
  • Chill and serve with mint sprigs and lemon wedge.

Sumac’s Medicinal Uses

  • Antioxidant (prevents or inhibits oxidation)
  • High in vitamin C
  • North American Indigenous peoples used Staghorn Sumac for sore throats, colds, diarrhea and scurvy. It has also been used for cold sores and asthma.

sumac lemonaid