This is a very popular, though fairly mild, souring agent widely used in the Levant and Middle East. It is sold alone, and as a component of herb mixes, particularly with thyme (Za'atar). It is used in place of lemon in dry spice mixes, as lemon is not dry. Caution: Don't try to make this at home. North American Sumac is not the same variety and can cause allergic reactions and poisoning. Sumac is available in just about any market serving a Levantine or Middle Eastern community.
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