Growing up off-grid in my younger years, I would visit my grandparents in the Great Lakes region and spent 95% of my life outside and mostly alone. As an adult, being alone is still all I want…lol…especially living where I live. Go figure.
I would explore, make forts out of trees and random plants, create little communities in the dirt for my toys and find leeks to snack on and only the non-poisonous berries I was allowed to eat. One of my favorite things to snack on was sumac during my outdoor adventures. The red (not the poisonous white) furry berries were tart enough to keep me interested and sweet enough to keep wanting more. It was such an interesting and abundant plant on the 70 acres I grew up on that I even enjoyed it more than the wild raspberries and blackberries.
If you don’t know that much about this plant, that is also used as a spice, take a look at the following highlights from an article on eater.com: https://www.eater.com/2022/2/28/22947543/what-is-sumac-how-to-use-cooking-recipes