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gharris Nov 26, 2008 07:26 PM

Is the sumac in za'atar the same as the tree growing in my front yard (eastern Ontario) - i.e. can I take the red fuzzy things off that tree and grind them up with the other ingredients to make my own za'atar??

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    Snarf RE: gharris Nov 26, 2008 07:40 PM

    Middle Eastern sumac has a lemony taste, and is probably a different version of the genus.

    There are some other uses for some of the North American varieties that are listed in this wiki link. Enjoy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumac

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      likescrab RE: gharris Nov 27, 2008 03:42 AM

      I'm fairly sure sumac the spice is v. different from the tree that grow like a weed all over Tdot, but will check with my chef and report back.

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        likescrab RE: likescrab Dec 3, 2008 07:36 AM

        My chef advises it's not the same. Too bad, it would be cool to have fresh sumac!

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        sweatersister RE: gharris Dec 3, 2008 09:03 AM

        Totally different.
        You're talking about Lebanese Zaatar which is red and made with sumac. Everything Lebanese is very very different then the rest of Arabic cuisine - being Palestinian, I enjoy Lebanese cooking, but I prefer traditional Arabic food.

        If you want to purchase a good Palestinian version of Zaatar head over to Nassar's where you can buy the proper blend of thyme, thyme, oregano, marjoram, with toasted sesame seeds, and salt.

        Get a good olive oil and dip your bread in it with the zaatar.

        It's so unbelievably good!

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          likescrab RE: sweatersister Dec 3, 2008 09:29 AM

          cool...is Nassar's easy to find? Bet one could make their own. Sounds delish.

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