Sumac is a spice used mainly in middle eastern cooking. It adds a sour note and a beautiful red color to food, much like lemon peel adds sourness and yellow. I find that Sumac's sourness is much quicker to fade and has almost no aftertaste.

Not surprisingly, the spice Sumac comes from the plant Sumac. So let's start

Step 1: Collect Your Sumac and Supplies

Warning Do not eat any wild food unless you can positively identify it.

Sumac is one of the easier wild foods to identify though. It has red clusters of berries rising above the foliage. Don't worry too much about poison sumac, for while it shares a name, it has white berries, not red ones.

You will want to collect the clusters during a dry period, as rain can wash out the acid that makes them sour.

Collect as many as you think you will need, but keep in mind that 1 cup of berries is only about 1 1/2 teaspoons of spice. It shouldn't take very long to collect all the berries you need for a years cooking.

Let your berries dry in a cool dark place for a week or two, as this makes the spice much easier to seperate from the seeds.

You will need,

1- sumac clusters

2- a sifter, strainer, or colander

3- a blender, herb grinder, or food processor

<p>Where does the LEMON flavor come from?</p>
<p>Looks really tasty, thanks for sharing!</p>

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