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Inspiring Ingredient: Sumac

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Introducing September’s Inspiring Ingredient…sumac!

Sumac has a unique tart, sour, earthy flavor; a bright pucker that truly has no substitute. Derived from the Aramaic word meaning “dark red”, sumac adds a beautiful deep red hue to many dishes. Sumac comes from a plant that is a relative to Poison Ivy, but have no fear. The berries, or drupes, of the sumac plant have been ground into a powder and used in cooking for centuries.

Sumac is used throughout Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine as a table-side ingredient, a topping for hummus and other spreads, an essential in dressings (especially for our favorite fattoush salad!), and as a rub for grilled meats. As if that wasn’t enough to make you fall in love with this versatile ingredient, sumac is also thought to have antioxidant properties.

Buying and Storing

While sumac does grow naturally in the wild, it’s best to purchase sumac for your pantry in the grocery store. You can locate it on the shelves in Middle Eastern markets, and increasingly in the spice aisle of large supermarkets. It is sold as a powder, often with a pinch of salt added. You can store your sumac in an air tight container in your pantry, along with other dry spices and herbs, in a cool, dry place.

From the M & D Blog Reel:

There are recipes calling for sumac throughout M & D; here are a few of our favorites for you to try:

Spinach Fatayer

Spring Salad with Toasted Sesame Vinaigrette

Fattoush Salad

Chicken Peach Lamejun

Fava Bean Salad

Lebanese Cauliflower and Chicken Couscous Salad

Click here for a more comprehensive list of our sumac recipes to try.

In the M & D Test Kitchen Queue:

We’re always looking to try new recipes using our favorite ingredients. Here are a few featuring sumac that we’re looking forward to trying out, especially the dolces. (Let us know if you try them!)

Creamy Split Pea, Carrot + Sumac Soup

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Sumac

Courgette, Feta & Red Onion Fritter

Orange Polenta Shortbread

Sumac Macaroons

Sumac-dusted Oven Fries

What are your favorite sumac dishes? Let us know by commenting below or posting on the M & D Facebook page.

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This entry was posted on September 3, 2013 by in Ingredient, M & D Inspiration and tagged .

About Jacque & Jaime

Jaime and Jacque are two gals who discovered a mutual passion for Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and never turned back. They started Mezze & Dolce to share this love, their recipes, and their inspirations with the world. Follow them at www.mezzeanddolce.com.

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