Dried sumac is a spice obtained from the dried and ground fruits of the sumac plant. The sumac plant is a shrubby plant belonging to the Rhus species, which is usually native to the Mediterranean region. The red-colored fruits of this plant are collected and dried in the sun and then ground into a spice.
Dried sumac is a spice commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine and many Mediterranean countries. It tastes sour and has a slightly fruity aroma. For this reason, it is often used to add flavor to dishes. It can be used in salads, meat dishes, appetizers, over soups or sauces.
Dried sumac may also provide health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, it can support the immune system, regulate digestion and reduce inflammation. It also contains vitamin C and some other minerals.
However, dried sumac can cause allergic reactions or sensitivities in some people. Therefore, it is important for people who are going to meet sumac for the first time to consult their doctor beforehand.