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Sommak also known as Sumach, Sumak, Sumac or Somak is a berry of a wild grown shrub or small tree (genus Rhus) typically found in the Middle East especially Turkey and Iran. The name derives from the arabic word summaq meaning red, which is the colour of the berries. Although there are a number of sumac species, it is the species Rhus Coriaria that is commonly used as a spice in Middle Eastern cuisine. The fruits are typically harvested whole, dried and then processed and sold as a crushed berry, typically marketed as crushed sumac. Crushed sumac has a beautiful deep red colour and a tangy, lemony flavour. It is commonly used to flavour meats and salads or as a garnish for houmous and other meze dishes. The tangy za’atar spice blend is a combination of sumac and other spices.

Health benefits of Sommak

  •  Anti-cancer: A super anti-oxidant, and packed with vitamin C which means it can help ward off diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is thought to be the cause of most diseases and Sumac is an anti-inflammatory spice that helps fight various disorders, colds and the Flu.
  • Has been studied to be effective in regulating cholesterol levels and treating diabetes by reducing blood sugar.
  • Anti-fungal & Anti-microbial: Sumac is Anti-microbial and anti-fungal spice which can help treat skin inflammation and disorders. It has also been studied to be effective in fighting bacteria like Salmonella and can be used to safely disinfect fruits and vegetables.
  • Can increase breast milk production and ease menstrual cramps
  • Sumac is a Diuretic which means it helps remove toxins from the body through urine and has been used traditionally to treat urine infections and digestive problems.



Nutritional value

per 100g
Energy Fat Saturates Sugars Salt
1335 kJ- 324 kcal 16.6 g 3.9 g 1.3 g 3.13 g



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