Native to North America, Asia, and Africa, Sumac is a flowering plant that produces exquisite red berries. Sumac berries are small and seed-shaped, with an appearance similar to that of pomegranate seeds. Tangy and sweet, these berries have a unique scent indicative of their flavorful nature. In their whole form, they can be steeped to create various beverages. In North America, the berries are often used in a similar drink to lemonade(sometimes dubbed “Sumacade”).
Sumac has a rich history of being used as a remedy for various ailments; the Native Americans used it to soothe gastric problems and promote diuretic function and the Pioneers mixed the juice of steeped berries with honey as a cough suppressant. Alternatively, whole Sumac berries can be ground to create a delicious spice, which can be utilized in many dishes to give them a unique tangy taste.
In Middle Eastern culture, the ground product has been used as a garnish for salads and meats and is mixed in falafels to enhance their flavor. In addition, it is popular as a seasoning for rice dishes and kebabs. With a wide variety of potential uses, our whole Sumac berries will dazzle you with their unique flavor. Spice up your kitchen and enhance your cooking with NY Spice Shop’s Sumac Whole!
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