Sumac is a typical spice of Lebanese cuisine, but it is also widely used in Syrian, Turkish and Iranian dishes.
Slightly astringent and pungent, yet sour-fruity, with a citrus taste and a scent reminiscent of vinegar.
Great for meat dishes as well as pickled vegetable dishes it can be added to beets and beans as well.
It adviseable to buy it in a specialised store because some members of the sumac family are toxic.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight.