Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Sadaf Sumac. Note that this is middle eastern sumac not our native variety here in North America. While there are some similar characteristics sumac from the Mediterranean and Arabic parts of the world is a different species with a long history of culinary use.
Dorothy and I really got hooked on this stuff when we found a recipe for “carrot fries” which are really just roasted carrots with this stuff on them, the recipe is really simple. Cut carrots into sticks, coat with peanut oil, sprinkle Sumac, Salt and Pepper on them, roast at 425 until done, (20-30 minutes depending on your oven). We use the “convection roast” setting on our oven when we make these and they come out great.
One of my other favorite uses for this stuff is my Lamb Heart, Lamb Sausage and Oyster Mushroom stew. I have posted that on facebook and you can see it here. I use Sadaf Sumac in the homemade lamb sausage that goes in the stew, I have to tell you it was pretty fantastic.
This stuff is great on fish and chicken as you might imagine as it has a tart lemon like flavor much like its US cousins we all know and love. On that note, the reason for this is it is high in ascorbic acid (AKA vitamin C).
Hence it is natural anti oxidant and has quite a bit of good press around health benefits. There is a pretty good write up about that here. This is about the best quality stuff I was able to find and at less than 10 bucks with free shipping on prime a 12 ounce container will last you a long time for not much money. So consider adding Sadaf Sumac to your spice cabinet today and expand your culinary options.
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P.S. – I guess I have to say it, no this isn’t poison sumac and no variety of sumac with red berries is poison sumac. So no this stuff will not make you itch. That said anyone with an allergy to cashews may have an allergy to sumac, so keep that in mind if it effects you or your family. Bluntly always use all new food items with caution on the first use.