Lebanon’s favourite spice?
Although this spice used to be common in the UK, it has never been out of favour in Lebanon, Turkey, Armenian and Iran. One of the key ingredients in za’atar mixture, it’s loved for its lemony kick. Scattered over fattoush and fried eggs, many in Lebanon harvest their own berries to dry and crush for their own larder.
The red berries grow in tight clusters on shrubs in the wild in Lebanon. Full of antioxidants, sumac can be used as a substitute for lemon juice. For those watching their salt intake, try scattering a generous helping onto fried potatoes instead of salt.
While it is used with savoury dishes in Lebanon, our sumac biscuits and blueberry compote show how versatile this wonderful spice can be. What would you scatter it on?
Keep in a cool, dark place to preserve its sharp citrusy properties.
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