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"And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31)
(Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) - 09a) This is an even closer look at some of the staghorn sumac's flowers and fruit. When we asked Pete about how he makes his tea, and whether or not he picks off the fruit, he responded: "I made some last night, and it didn't seem quite as tart as the stuff I made last year (though definitely still good). I read however, that the seed heads produce more and more malic acid (the same acid that makes apples tart) as they ripen, so they should continue to improve as we continue towards the end of summer. That malic acid is water soluble however, so the flavor eventually washes away with the fall rains. I picked the berries off the seed heads the first time I made it, but now I just drop the seed heads in whole. The woody stem doesn't seem to affect the taste any. After I boil it for a few minutes, I cut the heat and let it sit a bit. Then I dish out the seed heads and filter the "tea" through a coffee filter. You'll probably be surprised by both the tartness and the beautiful color. Have fun with it!
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Presented here are just a few of the countless components of God's creation. Just as we cannot have human and animal life without water and plants, neither can we have lasting peace without love and compassion. It is our hope and prayer that this series will motivate people to live and act in a cruelty-free manner; that we would no longer hurt or destroy each other, the animals or our environment.