The sumac berry: much-loved in the kitchen (hummus, za’atar, fattoush)
My present favourite product is ORAC botanico-mix - when I open the cup that characteristic aroma immediately brings a smile to my face. It's simply fantastic.Sebastian Copien, cook, cook book author and nutritional coach, Eching, Germany
Sumac: a favourite in the dishes of Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, Greg and Lucy Malouf, Jamie Oliver, Claudia Roden and Chantal Voets and many others!
'There was a time when sumac lurked in the darkest recesses of the kitchen cupboard, but thanks to Yotam Ottolenghi the sour powder suddenly became a superstar.' (Marianne Meijerink in Elle Food 3, 2015).
Today Jamie Oliver has included sumac in his range of herbs, cookbook legends Greg and Lucy Malouf and Claudia Roden have written about it, both the little Turkish corner shop and the organic food shop sell it and you can even find it at stalls in hip food markets.
Chantal Voets, founder of Amanprana, incorporated sumac in numerous vegetarian recipes in her wonderful educational and cookery book, Healthy Food, Happy People.
Hummus, za'atar, tomato soup or dips for the barbecue: sumac adds a gentle sourness to your dishes
Sumac has a more refined flavour than lime or lemon. According to nutritional expert Harold McGee sumac adds a fresh and lightly sour taste and its flavour is a melange of citrus, wood and pine. Dried sumac berries are ground into a dark purple powder and it is very common in Middle Eastern cuisine in particular. It is a perfect substitute for lemons or limes.
The delicious slightly sour flavour is used in dishes you will be familiar with, such as fattoush, hummus and kebabs. Another example is za'atar, using the recipe of famed London chef Yotam Ottolenghi. Highly recommended as a barbecue side dish: finely sliced red onion rings, fleur de sel, sumac and parsley. Sumac is a true flavour enhancer, and it adds depth to tomato soup and tomato sauce in a much more refined manner than lemon or lime.
The dried sumac berry is an antioxidant champion: high ORAC-value
|Berry or fruit||ORAC per 100g|
|Sumac, dried, raw||312 000|
|Acai powder (fruit/peel)||102 000|
|Sumac (grain, raw)||86 800|
|Maqui berry, fresh||27 600|
|Acai berry, fresh||16 700|
|Prunes, dried||8 059|
|Prunes, black with peel||7 581|
|Apples, dried||6 681|
|Prunes, fresh||6 100|
|Raspberries, fresh||5 065|
|Pomegranates, raw||4 479|
|Goji berry||3 290|
|Mangosteen, fresh||2 510|
- A great addition to your daily diet
- Versatile herb mixes – easier and tastier
- Adds flavour, colour and fragrance
- A substitute for salt and pepper
- 100% natural