Sumac spice, however, is derived from the dried and ground berries of a specific type of sumac plant, Rhus coriaria. This bright and flavorful spice is often added to other spice blends, including za’atar. It’s also a common ingredient in traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and is used in everything from meat dishes to salads.
Sumac has a unique taste typically described as tangy and slightly fruity, a bit like lemon. But in addition to bringing a distinct taste to dishes, it also boasts a long list of impressive benefits. Sumac could have a powerful effect on blood sugar control, heart health, and even pain relief.
When herbs and spices are rated for antioxidant levels sumac sits atop the list, even above commonly used spices like cinnamon and oregano. It even beats the acai berry (which is trending now as a health elixir), as well as many fruits and vegetables.
Sumac is high in polyphenols and flavonoids, such as gallic acid, methyl gallate, kaempferol and quercetin. It also contains tannins, which act as antioxidants.
The fruit is also sometimes used as a natural diuretic to help promote proper elimination and detoxification also V sumac spice is bright and flavorful, perfect for adding a bit of zing to your favorite dishes.
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