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Sumac is a spice used primarily in Middle Eastern cuisines. It contains a combination of sour, sweet and bitter flavors. This dark-red, burgundy-colored spice is described as having a unique tart, sour lemon taste with a scent of freshly-cut apples.

Sumac can be sprinkled on before and/or after cooking. It goes well with grilled or roasted meats, poultry and fish. It also goes well with salads, beans, avocados and tomatoes.

Sumac can be found in Middle Eastern and Greek markets, as well as many gourmet grocery stores. Quality sumac should be soft and have a deep red color to it. It should also be slightly moist.