What is Sumac?
Sumac is a spice made from the dried fruits of the sumac tree (also called dyer's tree). Rarely do you get sumac pure, because it is always refined with salt. That is why it is produced right from the start with a small amount of salt and therefore counts as a spice preparation. The salt is also important to maintain the quality over a longer period of time.
Where does it come from?
Sumac comes from Turkey, Syria or Sicily, (i.e. the eastern Mediterranean). The tree - shrub which grows about 3 meters tall, thrives best in the Mediterranean climate and on dry limestone soils. The sumac drupes are crimson at maturity and 5 mm in size. After harvest, they are dried in the sun and then roughly ground and mixed with a little salt.
Sumac since antiquity
Since antiquity, man has used sumac as a medicine. Furthermore, it has also been used in leather production since ancient times. In the Roman period, sumac was used as an acidifier for food production. The aroma was obtained by extraction with water.
How does it taste?
Sumac has a sour, fruity-tart taste and replaces the lemon, tamarind and vinegar.
How is it used?
- Sumac is an important spice in Arabic, Turkish and Lebanese cuisine. It is highly appreciated for its sour taste and acts as a table spice.
- In Turkish cuisine, sumac is often used to season salads and kebabs. In addition, there are often onion rings seasoned with sumac and parsley. The sumac gives the onion rings in combination with parsley a unique fresh and sour flavor.
- Sumac also goes well with grilled meats, poultry and fish. For this, use sumac before grilling.
- Mix some sumac with yogurt and you have an excellent dip or refine your sumac sauces.
- In Iran, sumac is used to spice butter rice.
- Sumac is also an ingredient in the well-known spice mixture Zathar.
- In addition, sumac refines casseroles with meat or fish alike with its delicate aroma.
To which spices does it fit?
Sumac goes well with the following spices: chili, coriander, garlic, cumin, mint, sesame, thyme, parsley Ingredients; Sumac, 5% salt
Recipe yoghurt dressing with sumac
For your salad dressing, take a cup of natural yoghurt and mix it with, 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint, a pressed clove of garlic, and half a teaspoon of sumac.