What is Ground Sumac?

Also spelled as Sumach, Sumaq.

Ground sumac is the dried powdered fruits of the Elm-leaved sumac (Rhus coriaria), a small tree or shrub,,  The tree belongs to the Mango and Cashew Family, Anacardiaceae and is a native to southern Europe.

The elm-leaved sumac is also know as Sicilian Sumac or Tanner’s Sumac.

According to my friend Hilda, Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina), grown as an ornamental in North America, can also be ground and used to flavour food. Read more about it here.

Culinary Use of Ground Sumac

Ground sumac is used as a spice in Middle Eastern, Middeterranean and South Asian Cuisine. It has a sour taste and can be used instead of lemon, vinegar or tamarind.

It’s sprinkled on food before serving. Also used in marinades, dry rubs, as an ingredient in Za’tar spice mix. It’s used to add sour taste in foods (stews, casseroles, vegetables).

How to Store Sumac

Store in a cool dry, dark, cupboard.

myfavouritepastime.com Last Updated: August 24, 2018

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

3 thoughts

    1. Yeah, I was wondering about that myself, remembering the stories about poison sumac. I like your article on it, great job. A tidbit from school back easy, was “some” of the Native Americans used to add a little sumac to their pipes for smoking.

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