You may be familiar with this incredible spice, but if not listen up…
This ancient herb, Sumac, is made from ruby-colored berries that are ground into a beautiful, coarse powder that bursts with colour and flavour. If you grew up in a Middle Eastern household, however, you probably have more familiar knowledge on this super spice. It’s known as a souring agent that’s a fantastic substitute for lemon or vinegar and is great to use on (Rub onto) kebabs, fish or chicken. It’s been used to add tangy, fresh flavours in Lebanese, Syrian, Armenian, and Iranian cooking for many years and can be found in marketplaces and supermarkets. You see, Sumac is the secret ingredient in endless Middle Eastern mezzes, salads, rice dishes, stews, and kebabs. It’s also the primary element and focal point of za’atar, a very popular and timeless Middle-Eastern spice blend of sumac, oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, and marjoram. And thanks to its beautiful, rich, deep red colour, sumac is the perfect finishing touch for dips, vegetables, grains, salads, and any type of flat breads. You can also add it vegetables, eggs, or incorporate it into roasted nuts, adding an amazing tantalizing flavour, and a power kick of health to all your dishes.
Health Benefits: Sumac is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory spices out there, so adding to your regular cooking can increase your immune system, which let’s face it this time of year, needs all the help it can get. Its packed with anti-oxidant’s which boost your body’s ability to get rid of free radicals that can cause cancer and heart disease. Would you also like to ward off signs of aging? Well Sumac can be of benefit to help you stay looking young! It’s also extremely beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes, because it helps reduce blood sugar levels, and it’s effective in regulating cholesterol levels and may even help reduce bone loss. Daily intake of Sumac, according to studies, for three months or more, will lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and aid muscle pain and tension.
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