This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. If you are not certain don’t, do not use a plant if you do not know it. Make certain of thing you plan on eating or using.
No it is not poisonous. It is very tasty it taste like lemon aid but does not have the bitter after taste. It has many health benefits. The poison sumac is not in the same family. There are many in the Rhus family which is the sumac family. The one I will be talking about is Rhus Typhina which is known as Staghorn Sumac. There are a few other species in my area but Staghorn Sumac has the lowest oxalate levels. The sumac berry of all species is very high in nutrients. It grows very quickly and spreads through the roots or seeds so be careful where you plant it. Since the nutrient content of most of the rhus are the same I will list studies for a variety from the rhus family and it would most likely apply to R. Typhina.
Many cultures have used Sumac berries in their cooking and there are many recipes on the internet on using them in your cooking.
Helps prevent Parkinson’s Disease.
Helps break up biofilms.
High in gallic acid which protects our DNA.
Helps with diabetes.
Lowers oxLDL levels
Stimulates PON1 which helps with detoxing and diabetes.
Scavenges reactive oxygen species. Reduces oxidative stress. Which would relax the blood vessels and lower blood pressure.