Sumac Crushed – 55g

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Sumac crushed is obtained from the dried berries from a bush that grows in the Middle East and southern Italy, and it is essential for Middle-Eastern cuisine especially Persian, Lebanese, and Turkish. In Middle Eastern cooking, sumac is used as a souring agent instead of lemon or vinegar. Sumac is delicious on roast meat & in particular lamb when mixed with paprika, pepper & oregano. It has a tangy, lemony, and fruity sour flavour and a fruity aroma that was once used as the tart, acid element by Romans. It can be used as a substitute of lemon in any dish on which you might squeeze fresh lemon juice. Also, its deep red-dark purple colour makes it a very attractive garnish.

 

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Flavour Notes:

With a tangy, lemony taste, Sumac is used predominantly in Middle Eastern cooking and works particularly well with meat like lamb and chicken. Its tart flavour makes them a great substitute for lemon. We harvest the sumac berries at their peak ripeness, dry and crush them.

Culinary Notes:

The tart, lemony notes of sumac make it the perfect finishing seasoning to dishes like couscous, slow-cooks, soups, salads or even store-bought dips to spice them up. It’s also an excellent seasoning to add during cooking as well as part of a marinade for meats, veggies or seafood. Its tangy flavour pairs perfectly with paprika, cumin or ground coriander seeds.

Health Benefits:

Sumac has medicinal properties and health benefits. Some of the common benefits are antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. A sumac drink may help to ease upset stomach, constipation, or even reducing fever. Also, it is a rich source of Vitamin C, contains anticancer properties, and helps to treat cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

Ingredients:

100% dried Crushed Sumac berries

How to use

  • Use Sumac generously as a souring agent. It can be used as an alternative to lemons for a similar flavour, although is not as overpowering as lemon. It is good for kebabs, chicken, fish, pita bread, and in salads
  • Sprinkled over salads dressing, rice pilaf, hummus or over raw onions
  • Combine with a small amount of olive oil and rubbed into meats- especially good with chicken and fish, or used to make a delicious marinade
  • It compliments well tomato & avocado
  • Use to season white meats during cooking
  • Sumac forms a tasty crust when coated onto lamb joints before cooking
  • Use to prepare Jordanian spice mixture za’atar, combined with sesame and thyme

The Spice People FAQs

Simple or smoke paprika along with cayenne pepper is the best alternative. Paprika tastes similar to Kashmiri Chilli, while cayenne paper adds to its spice.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

The Spice People FAQs

Simple or smoke paprika along with cayenne pepper is the best alternative. Paprika tastes similar to Kashmiri Chilli, while cayenne paper adds to its spice.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

These spices are different. Paprika is the sweet cousin of Kashmiri chilli specific to western cuisine. Kashmiri chilli popular in Indian cuisine and is hotter than paprika.

Place the Kashmiri chilli under the sun for two days. When the chillies turn crispy, grind them in a food mill. Cool down the powder and store it in an airtight jar.

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