Sumac - Premium Flavour Without The Need Of Salt
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You would be forgiven for not knowing what sumac spice is. When opening your spice rack or checking out the latest seasonings in the supermarket, sumac is commonly not among the group!
This vibrant red/purple spice offers the perfect alternative to salt as it brings out foods natural flavour. You may be wondering there for what sumac actually tastes of? Well as a red spice it actually tastes a lot like lemon juice - though not as tart!
What Is Sumac?
Sumac is often found in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Known for its salt like qualities, the seasoning also has a lemony taste however is not as tart or acidic as a lemon.
A relative of the cashew nut, sumac is created from bright red berries which are dried and crushed into a grounded spice. It can be used in a variety of ways from being added into the cooking process of foods to sprinkling over the top (a lot like table salt).
Used often in Lebanese dishes, this ruby red spice has been used in cookery for over 2000 years and has been well known for its health properties, namely as a diuretic and anti-flatulent. Loved by the Roman Emperor Nero's physician, Pedanius Dioscorides, the romans would often use sumac as a substitute for lemons (which had not made their way into Europe at this point).
What Are The Health Benefits Of Sumac?
Along with its great, unique taste, sumac spice itself is known for having many health benefits. From lowering BP to controlling blood sugars, sumac is a fantastic spice that you should consider adding to your store cupboard today!
Benefits Of Sumac:
Lower blood pressure 2
Control blood sugar levels 1
Reduce triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels 3
Decrease the risk of heart disease among people with type 2 diabetes 1
Decrease muscle pain during exercise 4
Improve insulin resistance 5, 6
Boost leptin levels, which may help suppress appetite 1
Decrease fat absorption 7
Reduce the risk of oxidative stress 8
Decrease bone loss 9
Ease respiratory and digestive complaints
Ease discomfort of urinary tract infections
Help the body fight unwanted inflammation
Help support the body during cold and flu season 10
How To Use Sumac?
- Fruit smoothies (it mixes well with fruits and yogurt)
- As a dry rub to use on a variety of meats
- In marinades
- In dressings and vinaigrettes
- Added to yogurt sauces
- As part of za’atar, which is a mixture of sumac, sesame seeds, salt, thyme, and other spices
- Sprinkled over foods before serving, such as
- Salads and fresh greens (especially when combined with mint)
- Rice and other grains
- Hummus and other dips
- Sour cream
- Beans (especially chickpeas and black-eyed peas)
- Bloody Mary drinks
- In “Sumac-Ade” or Sumac Tea
- Combined with yogurt and fresh fruit (and perhaps a touch of honey)
Who Should Not Eat Sumac?