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Sumac; Sumaq  [SOO-mak]     The brick- to dark purple-red berries of a decorative bush that grows wild throughout the Middle East and in parts of Italy. Sumac, which is sold ground or in its dried-berry form, has a pleasantly fruity, astringent taste that complements everything from fish to meat to vegetables. Sumac can be found in Middle Eastern markets.

    If you've got it, but don't know what to do with it, below are some traditional dishes that the spice complements nicely.

Soups & Stews meat; vegetable
Fish & Poultry almost all fish
Meats almost all meats
Vegetables almost all vegetables
Pasta; Grains;
Dried Beans
Cheese & Egg Dishes  

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