Sumac Spice Guest Post
from Catholic Blog, Between the Linens
Before the beginning of Lent, Franciscan Holy Land Gift Shop offered to send me a bag of sumac, a Middle Eastern spice, in exchange for a post about the spice and our Catholic faith. Their mission is to bring the pilgrimage to those of us that can not make the travel. They offer a variety of gifts from the Holy Land that enhance our Catholic faith. Check out their Facebook page as well as their website! While I would love to visit the Holy Land, I don’t have the ability like so many others, we do however have an option to support Catholic companies that are offering us Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. From the interactions that I have had so far, I think that Franciscan Holy Land Gift Shop can offer a unique experience for those of us who can not travel to learn about items that symbolize our faith. Material objects when purchased with intention can bless our homes and lives!
What is Sumac?
What is Sumac? It is an aubergine spice singularity which means that it is unique among spices and plants that has a lemony flavor. You can use it anywhere that you would use lemon or a tart citrus. This isn’t the typical poison sumac that you find in the United States. This spice is from a relative and is entirely safe to consume.
This spice is commonly used in Middle Eastern dishes surrounding Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia as well as other countries.
What do you do with it?
I like to add Sumac to yogurt dips, chicken kebabs, lamb, hummus, cauliflower, and lots of other dishes. During lent on Fridays, we abstain from meat and this is a great opportunity to eat outside of the box. Since this is a Middle Eastern spice, you can find inspiration in the Eastern Catholic Churches of the region. The Chaldean Church, as well as several other Eastern Catholic Churches, follows a stricter fast than the Roman Church, so the dishes of this region can be perfectly suited for a meatless Friday!
Click Here for Between the Linens delicious Sumac based Meatless Recipes …