Queen of Tart: Sumac
With so many delicious and healthy spices to discover — there’s something for everyone at The Spice Way. Today we’re featuring The Spice Way Ground Sumac,a spice made from the dried and ground berries of the edible Rhus coriariaspecies. This spice is a deep reddish purple color and has a bright lemony flavor — great on its own or part of a blend. With its tart taste you can use it to add a pop of acidity — or for those looking to reduce their sodium, The Spice Way Ground Sumac makes a great salt alternative too.
Sumac offers more than just beauty and taste but has also been shown to include several health benefits. Its high antioxidant content has been shown to be important in fighting cell-damaging free radicals. It is also rich in gallic acid which research suggests has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and cancer-fighting properties.
With its unique flavor and associated health benefits, The Spice Way Ground Sumac is a great addition to you spice rack. Here’s a look at some simple ideas and products that make it easy to spice up your life with sumac:
Yogurt with Sumac and Za’atar
On a plate, smooth a few scoops of yogurt with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with sumac and za’atar. Enjoy with warm pita, crusty bread or vegetables.
Simple Summer Salad with Sumac
Greens of your choice (Arugula, Romaine, Spinach, Kale, etc.)
Vegetables of your choice (Radish, Tomatoes, Onion, Cucumber, etc.)
The Spice Way Ground Sumac
The Spice Way Extra Virgin Olive Oil House Blend
Lemon juice (optional)
Wash and prepare greens and vegetables of your choice. Combine in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice (if using). Sprinkle salad generously with sumac. Serve alongside grilled meat or fish for an easy summertime meal.
Try incorporating sumac into your diet as a spice in salads and grains, or protein marinades. Here’s a look at some of The Spice Way Blends that include sumac: