How To Make Sumac Juice

This is a guide on how to make sumac juice.

In the Middle East, in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, sumac powder is used as a spice or condiment. It also has medicinal properties and is used in traditional medicine. In Afghanistan it is often used with salt and eaten with bread.

Sumac is made from the dried berries of the Rhus Coriaria shrub. Its taste is sour and lemony (although not bitter). It has no relation to poison sumac. The Rhus Coriaria shrub grows wild in many parts of the Middle East, so you can easily find it there, but it can also be grown in any part of the world that has a Mediterranean climate (dry hot summers and mild winters).

The easiest way to get sumac powder is to buy it from any Middle Eastern grocery store or online from Amazon. If you want to make your own sumac powder though, here’s how:

This guide shows you how to make sumac juice. Sumac is a common spice in the Middle East and is used in many dishes. It is made from the berries of the sumac tree, which is found all over Lebanon, Syria and the Middle East.

This is the first step to making sumac juice: pick the berries from the tree. This can be done by shaking the branches of the tree or using a long stick to knock them off. The best time to pick them is when their color has changed to a dark purple instead of red.

The second step is to remove the twigs and leaves from the berries. This can be done by hand or with a small strainer. The third step is to place them in a large bowl and crush them gently with your hands until they become a paste-like substance.

1.Pour the water into a large container, then add the sumac powder.

2.Stir for 10 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved in the water.

3.Pour your sumac juice into the pitcher using a strainer to catch any undissolved remains.

The powder was also used as a substitute for lemon juice. To make sumac juice, which is often called “the lemonade of the ancients,” you need to gather your sumac fruits and then remove their red stalks. Use the plant’s leaves and seeds to make tea or use the dried fruit in cooking.

To make the powder, you will need to begin with one pound of fresh sumac berries. The first step is to gather the fresh berries from a sumac bush, usually in August or September. Because the summer heat will dry them out after gathering, be sure to bring along a bag or container that can hold up to two pounds of berries as well as a gallon-sized glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

To dry out the berries, spread them on screens and let them sit in direct sunlight for three days if it is hot and sunny; if not, keep them in a warm place for four days instead. Once they have dried out enough so that they look like raisins, place them in your container and shake vigorously until it feels like all the seeds have been shaken off into your container.

You should end up with about half a pound of dried berries and half a pound of sumac powder in your container


1. Use your hands to crush the sumac berries.

2. Mix in a spoonful of sugar and place the crushed sumac in a bowl of water.

3. Stir the mixture thoroughly and use a strainer to remove the pulp from the water. The resulting liquid is the sumac juice.


2 cups of sumac berries

1 liter water

1 lemon (optional).


Rinse the sumac berries. Place them in a bowl and cover with water. Let them soak for 30 minutes. This helps to soften the berries. Strain all the water from the berries. Do not throw it away! You will use it later. Place the soaked sumac in a mortar and mash them with a pestle until they are completely crushed. The juices will be released and you should have a thick paste at this point. Add 1 liter of water and stir until the mixture is uniform. Don’t worry if there is some residue at the bottom of your bowl, that’s normal. Next, you can strain out any extra bits of berries by pouring everything through a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer into another container or bowl. Squeeze out as much juice as you can from the pulp that remains in the cheese cloth / strainer. Now you have sumac juice! You can use it to make a refreshing drink, add it to your food, or take it like medicine! If you want more of a tangy citrus taste, squeeze in lemons to taste before serving over ice.

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