Spice in Focus: Sumac
What is sumac?
Sumac is a flowering plant that grows in the Middle East, Asia, and North America. It usually grows as a small shrub or tree. Its flowers form a red fruit that is ground and used as a spice, typically in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Sumac has a tangy flavor that tastes lemony but is less intense than fresh lemon juice. The spice can be used as a dry rub, in marinades, or sprinkled on top of salads or sauces - it adds a beautiful pop of color to dishes. It's especially good sprinkled on hummus!
Sumac spice recipes
Sumac can be used in a multitude of ways. Below is a list of recipes that use sumac spice in creative and delicious ways.
- Cauliflower Feta Lemon Meatballs from Divalicious Recipes
- Fall Fattoush Salad Recipe from Salt & Lavender
- Fatayer from The Delicious Crescent
- Fattet Hummus from Little Sunny Kitchen
- Golden Beet Panzanella from Oat & Sesame
- Lamb Salad Flatbread from My Kitchen Love
- One Skillet Crispy Mediterranean Chicken from Bunsen Burner Bakery
- Roast Potato Salad with Sumac Yoghurt Dressing from The Cook Report
- Roasted Chickpea Fattoush Salad from Veggies Save The Day
- Spiced Sweet Potato Soup, Sumac Croutons, & Chorizo from The Cook Report
- Spinach Pastries (Fatayer Sabanekh) from Little Sunny Kitchen
- Sumac Carmelized Onion Mini Musakhan from The Delicious Crescent
- Traditional Baba Ghanoush from Healthy World Cuisine
- Ultimate Charcuterie Board & Homemade Sumac Pita Chips from My Kitchen Love
Where can you buy sumac?
Sumac spice is available online in a number of locations, but I recommend the sumac from The Spice House.