Mysterious plant (edible)

June 26, 2012  •  Category:

Do you know or care to guess what this is? Hint: It has been mentioned a lot lately in food magazines; trendy, you could say.


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  1. alia says:

    sumac 🙂

  2. Beirut Soul Kitchen says:


  3. John says:

    Yesssss I know ..this is Semmaa’.

  4. Samantha Angela says:

    I’m guessing sumac?
    I know there are a few different varieties of it but I don’t know if all of them are edible, but it does look like sumac that grows around here.

  5. MyLittleExpatKitchen says:

    I have no idea what this is but I’m incredibly curious to find out!!
    I love these posts of yours with the strange and unique ingredients, Joumana. You have become my produce encyclopedia 🙂

  6. MyLittleExpatKitchen says:

    oops, sumac?? I just thought about it 🙂

  7. Reinventing Nadine says:

    it is Sumac..we had a tree in our yard in Lebanon

  8. Nadji says:

    Je donne ma langue au chat.
    Beaucoup ont répondu sumac, je ne connais ce dernier que sous forme de poudre.
    A bientôt

  9. Laura@silkroadgourme says:

    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. . .

  10. T.W. Barritt says:

    Very unusual! I will admit I’ve never seen anything like it. The suggestion of sumac makes sense, but I’ve never actually seen sumac.

  11. Christine @ Fresh says:

    Well since everyone else says sumac, I’ll join the crowd. I hope you show more mysterious foods on your blog.

  12. sare says:

    Sumac, of course. I’ll pick or buy some to make my own sumac powder this year.

  13. usha says:

    Most certainly….sumac.
    Else, it’s some kind of fungus..ha ha !

  14. Suha says:

    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.

  15. Kathleen says:

    Goodness gracious. I’ve always assumed sumac is a dried leaf. Wonderful information. I would love to see how it grows if you have the chance.

  16. d says:

    Having looked up Sumac this is obviously what it is, but I have never heard of it before!! Diane

  17. Nuts about food says:

    Had never seen a sumac plant!

  18. Kristin says:

    I did not know that this is what sumac looked like!

  19. Susan says:

    It’s funny, we have sumac bushes growing in many places along the highways here that turn beautiful flame-red in the fall. Sadly, I had never heard of using sumac as a food until reading your blog.

  20. JeanneKempthorne says:

    No, staghorn sumac is not addition to using it as a sour spice the buds can be soaked to make a tart beverage which can be sweetened like lemonade.

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