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August 22, 2022


First of all, that pie from previous post looks delicious!
I'm not sure what sumac is. I've heard of it but that's as far as it goes.
I hope my squash does as well as your melon.

Liz--The pie was delicious, thank you.

Sumac is a group of trees/shrubs that is a part of the cashew family, found in the Mediterranean countries and in the Americas. Most of the sumacs in the Americas should be considered poisonous and many people are sensitive even to the touch of the plants. (I don't seem to be, but neither was I sensitive to poison ivy until I was in my 70s.) See Paying for my sins gives me exercise for photos of my plants.

May your squash thrive.

Surprises of volunteer veggies are usually welcome, especially with a cantaloupe. Probably a good call to get rid of the other plant so you didn't also have a mystery berry. Looks like it should have tasted pretty good, especially compared to what is in grocery stores.

Bogie--Yes, free food is great! BTW: This summer, most of the cantaloupes (whole or cut up) that we've bought have been good. I've been pleasantly surprised since cantaloupe is a favorite of your dad's.

Liz--"Sumac is a spice that is popular in the Middle East. It is related to the poisonous shrub by the same name, but the culinary variety is safe to use and easily identifiable by its vibrant red berries (poisonous sumac is white).1 The berries are turned into a coarse powder and sold as a ground spice; the berries are also available whole, although this is much less common in the U.S. Sumac is a versatile seasoning that adds a bright red color and a tartness, similar to lemon juice, to a dish. One of the most common uses for sumac is in the spice blend called za'atar." the spruce Eats

I have a sumac at one corner of the roadside garden. I love the looks of the red leaves and berries in the fall (and so do the birds). NH has several sumacs that are native; Staghorn, Smooth

There are also sumac that grow in the drainage area across the road from me (At the left corner of the cross-street from my southwest corner if Cop Car remembers). The owners let that area go wild for several years then mow it down and repeat.

Bogie--Most sumacs are gorgeous, especially in their fall plumage. This batch of (cut leaf Staghorn) sumac has been the first that we've had that tried/is still trying to take over the world. I remember WIWAK how pretty the sumacs were that grew along the railroad tracks. Tracks ran along the far boundary of my Grandmother H's and along the side boundary of my Grandparent D's cow pastures, and my Great-Grandparents S lived just a long block from a railroad roundhouse. I loved trains in those days - the smoke that settled onto our white-painted houses, not so much. The trains on the tracks behind Vesta were of a later ventage - diesel electric, of course.

Are your berries red? Ours are white.

The second melon tasted better than the first! The melons are not really juicy - I'm blaming our drought - but there are other melons ripening up!

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