Sumac is derived from the berries of the rhus coriaria tree (sumac tree), native to East Asia, Mediterranean, and the Americas.
Sumac has a pungent tart, tangy lemony taste and aroma, due to malic acid found in the sumac berries. This makes it a great alternative to citric acid and vinegar for giving food a distinct sour taste.
Sumac is heavily used in Persian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine as a dry rub, in marinades, sauces and dressing.
Also known as: sumak - sumack - sumach - summac - rhus coriaria - سماق