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Sumac Spice | Make Sumac Spice at Home from Dried Sumac Berries

Sumit Malhotra
Sumac Spice | How to Make Sumac Spice at Home from Dried Sumac Berries - Sumac is a spice used mainly in middle eastern cooking. It adds a sour note and a beautiful red color to food, much like lemon peel adds sourness and yellow. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 d
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 7.6 kcal


  • 5 Cup Sumac berries
  • Sunlight


  • Let Sumac berries dry in a cool dark place for 10 days.
  • Put the sumach berries in a food processor, or blender.
  • You will now knock off the dry fruit off of the seed.
  • Pulse them in the blender for a while until the seeds are mostly yellow.
  • There will be a red dust separated from the seeds. That's your spice.
  • Put the mixture through a mesh colander to remove the seeds.
  • All that remains is your sumac spice.


  • 1 cup of sumac berries makes about 1 1/2 teaspoons of spice.
  • Collect the clusters during a dry period, as rain may wash out the acid that makes them sour.
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