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sumac in dc/bethesda/nova

homesmax Aug 23, 2008 01:25 PM

does anyone know where i can buy sumac? loving it in the fatoosh salad and lentil soup at cafe ole (arguably the best items on that menu)

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    potrzebie Aug 23, 2008 02:11 PM

    I would check middle eastern markets. Have you ever gathered wild sumac? It's not that hard to find in this area in the fall. Sumac is a weed tree around here. It has long clusters of reddish-brown berries. I picked some once and steeped it. The drink tasted pretty good. The berries have malic acid, also found in apples.

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      ciaohound Aug 23, 2008 03:00 PM

      I have bought it at Penzey's in Falls Church.

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        MrsWheatie Aug 25, 2008 09:50 AM

        There is a Penzey's in Rockville, on the Pike just north of the Best Buy.

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        PollyG Aug 23, 2008 07:42 PM

        Any middle eastern market will have it, but the sumac from Penzeys is considerably more flavorful than what I get in the big bulk containers at the middle eastern markets.

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        1. re: PollyG
          ciaohound Aug 25, 2008 09:46 AM

          You're exactly right. Penzey's isn't the cheapest, but the quality is impeccable.

        2. BigEats Aug 24, 2008 07:58 AM

          Wow, I've seen sumac everywhere in northern Virginia. Mediterranean Gourmet Market on Franconia Road, Mediterranean Bakery near Landmark, Lebanese Butcher in Falls Church, Lebanese Taverna Market on Lee Highway in Arlington....it's everywhere! Come and get it.

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            isabellaflynn Aug 25, 2008 09:55 AM

            I just saw it at Lebanese Butcher - a huge sack for a fairly reasonable price.

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              alkapal Aug 27, 2008 05:00 AM

              a huge sack o' sumac. i can't even imagine how long that would take to be used up! ;-)

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              Transplanted Texan Sep 4, 2008 08:15 PM

              Come to my house -- I'll give it to you free! Of course, you'll have to collect it from the sumac tree! :-)

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                homesmax Sep 9, 2008 05:38 PM

                thanks! glad to know our sumac supply runneth over in these parts...

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                1. re: homesmax
                  beauxgoris Sep 9, 2008 06:43 PM

                  Dean & Deluca sell it.

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