Agree with all of the above – sumac. I recently re-analyzed some Mesopotamian tablets and found that one of the missing ingredients was sumac – so sumac may be trendy, but its got an ancient historical pedigree as well. . .
Joumana, I love your website and your blogs.. I am a Lebanese American too and live in Alexandria, VA. I am a foodie lover tooo and a creative cook, and I am pursueing my culinary diploma too. I saw the Sumac wild plant picture and was sooo refreshed, I love this versatile condiment. Glad you talked about the new book of Salma Abdelnoor. I am leaving to Beirut soon and will look for it in the book stores.
Thank you for enlightening us all the time.. Good luck in your pursuits.