Fresh Ground Sumac: A Mediterranean Spice Used in Cooking and in this Delicious Specialty Drink

Fresh Ground Sumac: A Mediterranean Spice Used in Cooking and in this Delicious Specialty Drink

Ground sumac is considered an “essential spice” in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking. It’s a burgundy-colored spice, dried and ground into a fine powder, which adds flavor to your favorite Mediterranean dishes, from salads and hummus to rice and kebabs.

Ground sumac is considered an “essential spice” in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking.  It’s a burgundy-colored spice, dried and ground into a fine powder, which adds flavor to your favorite Mediterranean dishes, from salads and hummus to rice and kebabs.

Ground sumac is NOT poison sumac - two different things! Ground sumac is derived from a deep red berry bush that grows wild in all Mediterranean areas and parts of the Middle East.

Ground sumac from the Holy Land Gift Shop.

Ground sumac is NOT poison sumac – two different things! Ground sumac is derived from a deep red berry bush that grows wild in all Mediterranean areas and parts of the Middle East. It has a deliciously balanced bright and tangy citrus taste, and it’s best used in dressings, rubs, and marinades, or sprinkled on a dish fresh just before serving.

If you’d like to try using sumac from the Holy Land Gift Shop for something non-traditional, try saying goodbye to the warm weather with this refreshing recipe:

Sparkling Sumac Lemonade

If you’d like to try using sumac from the Holy Land Gift Shop for something non-traditional, try saying goodbye to the warm weather with this refreshing recipe

Sparkling Sumac Lemonade (Photo by Yossy Arefi)

Ingredients

For the Sumac Syrup:

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

3 tbsp ground sumac

For the Lemonade:

1 cup soda or seltzer water

¼ cup sumac syrup

1 tbsp juice from lemon

1 lemon cut into wedges

Directions

Sumac Syrup:

  1. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add sumac, stir to combine, and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Sumac syrup can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Lemonade:

  1. For each serving, combine club soda, sumac syrup, and lemon juice in a cup.
  2. Add ice and stir.
  3. Serve with a lemon wedge.

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2018-09-20T12:17:13+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Fresh Ground Sumac: A Mediterranean Spice Used in Cooking and in this Delicious Specialty Drink