Chocolate refers to the color before you get too excited. I wasn’t sure the seed was still viable from the 2010 season stamp on the packet but they were free giveaways at the National Heirloom Expo a few years ago. Goes to show seeds last a very long time.
Sumac foraging has started in ernest. Cold steeped Sumac tea with just a pinch of dried hibiscus flower makes the most refreshing summer drink when you’re hot and tired. We have Smooth Sumac in this area which the majority of people consider a weed. Anti-fungal, anti-microbial and antioxidant are just a few of the benefits from spending a few hours outside.
A few photos from our fermentation-themed meeting yesterday. We were few, but we had a fun time making sauerkraut, kefir cheese, and sourdough starter and sampling various ferments. For copies of the info sheets shown above see this post, and for more photos see this album on Facebook.