If you haven’t tried Turkey & Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion & Cumin from the @ottolenghi Jerusalem cookbook, I suggest you do. You can find the recipe on Kitchen 511. Link 👆. #bestturkeyburgers#zucchini#sumac#yum
Urban foraging: sumac! Not to be confused with poison sumac! This is probably Rhus typhina aka the staghorn sumac native to North America but can be used in the same ways as Middle Eastern cousins as spice and flavorings. Kinda weary of plants collected in NYC though.... 🤔
Rhus typhina also known as Stag's horn sumac, and Velvet sumac good source of pollen and great source of nectar for honeybees. "clearings, disturbed sites, old fields, fencerows, roadsides; requires full sun; prefers sandy soils. 15-25' Bloom May and June; male and female flowers on separate trees or clones. Reproduction: By spreading roots stocks and seeds. Control: Should be controlled where it spreads aggressively, shading out desirable vegetation. Stems should be cut in July or shortly after flowering. Resprouts should then be cut in August. This double-cutting may need to be repeated for several consecutive years to achieve adequate control of dense population." (Czarapata, E. J. (2005). Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest)
Also known as Fluweelboom in Dutch; Samettisumakki in Finnish; Sumac hérissé and Sumac Amarante in French; and Essigbaum in German, respectively. Source: Encyclopedia of Life @encyclopediaoflife
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Red berries - Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)
During the fall, this shrub stands out among the crowd, with its bright red-colored foilage and tannin-rich fruits. You can spot these beauties on open edges of the forest. Fun fact: Their common name “staghorn” is inspired by their thick velvety hairy branches, which resemble the antlers of a male deer or stag.