Sumac is a spice that is widely used in the Middle Eastern, Southern Italian and Northern African cuisine, but is grown in subtropical regions throughout the world. Sumac has a beautiful dark red orange color and a surprising fresh lemony flavor that can be used in place of salt. It is traditionally used on kabobs, hummus, vegetable, salads, poultry and fish.
Health benefits of sumac
Sumac has been used in traditional medicine around the world to treat an array of illnesses. Sumac is said to have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Note that there are over 250 species of sumac, some which are poisonous. So collecting your own sumac is not advised if you are not aware of the different species.
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Flavor and color
I love sumac for its flavor and for the beautiful color it adds to foods. You can purchase sumac in Middle Eastern markets and online.