Sumac are berries, which are used in the culinary world once they have been dried and ground. They are very popular in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. They have a pleasant tangy flavour, not unlike lemon, but without the acidity. The berry can be harvested from any of the 35 species in the ‘Rhus’ genus and grows in subtropical and temperate climates around the world.
It is used as a garnish on many Mezze platters, in salads, kebabs, rice, meats and most popularly, it is a major component in Za’atar mixture.