Sumac is a spice and was long used in Europe to add tartness to many dishes until the Romans introduced lemons to the area.

The sumac bush, native to the Middle East, produces deep red berries, which are dried and ground into coarse powder.  While it’s less common, the berries may also be sold whole.

Ground sumac is a versatile spice with a tangy lemony flavor, although more balanced and less tart than lemon juice. A small sprinkle also adds a beautiful pop of color to any dish.

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