Spotlight on Sumac

August 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm 3 comments

Sumac is a flowering plant that grows  in subtropical and temperate climates, like Africa, The Middle East and right here in the US. The fruits from Sumac scrubs form dense clusters of reddish drupes. These drupes are then dried to make a purple spice. Sumac powder is popular in Middle Eastern and Turkish Cuisine.

Sumac powder imparts a wonderful lemony taste to meat dishes and salad, it was even used by American Indians to make a lemonade type drink. In Arab cuisine it also serves as a pretty garnish for Meze often sprinkled on the top of Baba ganoush and humus.

Recipe Ideas:

  • sumac lemonade
  • sumac meringue pie
  • sumac seasoned salad
  • sumac grilled chicken
  • sauteed green beans with tomatoes and sumac
  • sumac kebabs

The next time you buy sumac, how will you use it?


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. doggybloggy  |  August 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Sumac grows wild and it is now coming into season – time to try some sumac recipes

  • 2. spiceadvice  |  August 14, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Oh thats cool to know wish I could find some in the wild 🙂

  • 3. ezsrecipes  |  August 18, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I can honestly say I have not yet cooked with sumac! It has not come up in any recipes yet. I will have to keep an eye out for it so I can try it!


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