Arabic Name and Pronunciation:
Sumac, pronounced soo-mok
In the Middle East, you can find sumac primarily in Iran, but it comes mainly from the Mediterranean and Sicily. Sumac comes from the berries of a wild bush.
Sumac is sour and can be used in place of lemons in some recipes.
Sumac can be bought in berry clusters, or already ground. Ground sumac has a deep purple/reddish color.
Sumac must be kept in an airtight container and away from light.
Uses for Sumac:
Sumac has many uses. It can be used as a rub for meats before grilling, or in a marinade. The juice from the berries can also be used in salad dressings. Sumac is also used to sprinkle over meats and veggies for flavor.