Sumac, derived from the Aramaic word summaq which means "dark red,'' is the crushed berries of the Rhus Coriaria shrub. The shrubs are found on the plateaus of the Mediterranean, like Sicily and Turkey, as well as parts of the Middle East, like Iran. For over 2,000 years, sumac has been used for its healthful properties -- as noted by Roman Emperor Nero's physician, Pedanius Dioscorides. The berries are dried and crushed into Sumac, bringing out their bright lemon-like quality. Before lemons found their way to Europe, Roman’s used sumac to bring tanginess to food. Dust your vegetables, grilled meats, cheeses, and anything else in the need of a hit of citrus with sumac just before serving.
Company: New York Shuk
Ingredients: Sumac Berries
Country of Origin: Brooklyn, USA