Sumac is a spice that is gaining popularity in the United States and worldwide. It’s one of those spices I wish I had known about sooner. I’m sure you have heard of it, but do you know what it is? How to find it?
Let me explain. Sumac is a spice that comes from the dried berries of the Rhus Coriaria plant, which grows in the Mediterranean region, Middle East, and Africa. The berries are harvested during summertime when they are at their ripest. After harvesting, they are dried and ground into a powder or sold whole as “sumac berries”.
The berries themselves have an astringent taste, similar to lemons. The lemony flavor makes them a great substitute for lemon juice or zest in recipes, especially when you don’t have any lemons on hand! The powder can be added directly to food as seasoning or made into a paste with water and used like salt or sugar on all sorts of different dishes (we’ll show you how below). This post will teach you how to find sumac at your local grocery store without sifting through all the other ingredients in there first!
Sumac is a reddish spice that is ground from the berries of the sumac bush. It grows wild in parts of the Middle East, and it has a lemony flavor with a slight salty taste. Sumac is used in dry rubs for meat, as well as in stews and salads. You can find it at many grocery stores, but you may have to do some digging to find it.
In this blog, we will explain where to find sumac in your local grocery store, as well as a few substitutes if you can’t find it.
When you are in the mood to try something new and different, sumac is a great spice to add to your lineup. Sumac is an essential ingredient in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking, but it can be hard to find in your local grocery store. Here is what sumac looks like and where to find it in your local grocery store:
What Does Sumac Look Like?
Sumac is a purple/red berry that grows on a shrub. The berries are dried, ground up, and sold as a spice. They have a slightly sour lemony taste with a little bit of saltiness that pairs really well with fish and chicken dishes.
Sumac is a delicious spice that you have been missing out on if you haven’t tried it yet. I am here to help guide you through your local grocery store to find the spice and add it to your life.
Sumac can be found in the same section as the other spices in your local grocery store, usually right above or below the salt and pepper. You may find this hard to believe, but sumac has a bright red color just like salt and pepper, so its easy to miss. Look out for it!
Sumac is a flavorful spice that will elevate any meal to new heights. It has a slightly acidic taste with hints of tartness and mild fruitiness. Sumac pairs well with chicken, fish, and lamb, but also works well sprinkled on desserts such as cookies and ice cream.
As a spice, sumac is most commonly found in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes, but you can use it in all different kinds of dishes, from salads to meat to baked goods. The taste of sumac is tart, very much like lemon juice, but with a little bit of earthiness. It adds brightness to any dish that you use it in. Sumac is also very popular for its vibrant red color.
Sumac can be found at many local grocery stores, however it is probably not located near the other spices, so let’s show you where to find it!
Sumac, a spice used in Middle Eastern cooking, is easy to find on the shelves of your local grocery store. It is a small reddish-brown berry that grows on a bush or tree. You can find it in many different forms including whole berries, flakes, and powder.
The easiest way to find Sumac is by looking for it in the spice section at your local grocery store. Sumac is often found near other spices such as cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Look for small bottles or containers of powder or flakes labeled “Sumac” or “Sumak”.
Whole sumac berries can also be found in grocery stores. They are usually sold in small plastic bags and look like red peppercorns. The only difference between whole sumac berries and whole red peppercorns is color; sumac berries are red while red peppercorns are black with a red outer shell.
The best thing about Sumac is that it can be used for many things including cooking and baking so you will get the most out of your purchase!
Most, if not all, grocery stores carry sumac.
Even if your store doesn’t carry it, ask the bulk spice manager to order it for you. They will listen.
Below are some grocery stores where I have found sumac:
Whole Foods Market – bulk spices aisle
Trader Joe’s – near the pistachios and other dried fruit/nuts
Farm Fresh – bulk spice aisle near the olive bar
Harris Teeter – bulk spice aisle
Giant Grocery Store – middle of the store, in between the spices and olive oil (check both sides)
If you have trouble finding it, try looking for a brand called “Alternate Spice.” I’ve had luck finding sumac in this brand in every grocery store I visited.