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Help please: seeking SUMAC spice in downtown Toronto

KAYLO Jan 25, 2014 08:59 PM

I'm hoping to try a Middle Easern recipe which uses SUMAC , apparently a lemony powdered spice. I'm sure I can get it out on East Eglinton, but has anyone seen it downtown, at the St. Lawrence Market perhaps or Kensington market? Thanks.

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    mobirose RE: KAYLO Jan 25, 2014 09:55 PM

    Loblaws has it under their PC Black Label. Can't remember which location I saw it.


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      terrycar RE: KAYLO Jan 25, 2014 11:58 PM

      I've seen it at Bulk Barn.

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        youdonut RE: KAYLO Jan 26, 2014 12:31 AM

        in kensington market you could go to Akram's Shoppe


        at 191 baldwin. they should also have zatar spice as well if you need it.

        also you could check into house of spice in the same area as well

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          albanis RE: KAYLO Jan 26, 2014 05:35 AM

          House of Spice on Augusta has it, in the market.

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            DDD RE: albanis Jan 26, 2014 07:12 AM

            I've also bought it at house of spice.

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              KAYLO RE: DDD Jan 26, 2014 10:58 AM

              Thanks everyone! I will start at House of Spice. In this weather, I try to shop as efficiently as possible; January is just the wrong time to be poking around and strolling in and out of a variety of places. But all contributions gratefully accepted and appreciated, especially if HoS is out of stock and I have to keep going....

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                MissBingBing RE: KAYLO Jan 26, 2014 11:31 AM

                They might have a phone.

          2. TorontoTuna RE: KAYLO Jan 26, 2014 11:08 AM

            Next autumn take a day trip to any large conservation area north of the city. Aside from myriad varieties of edible mushrooms, fresh Sumac berries are in abundance, as are Juniper berries and other wild foodstuffs.

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              bytepusher RE: TorontoTuna Jan 26, 2014 11:58 AM

              Different species of Sumac

              The species that grow here, Staghorn sumac and Smooth sumac aren't the same as the Sicilian sumac that is used as a spice in the Mediterranean area and the middle east.

              The native sumacs aren't dangerous (there is a poison sumac but it looks very different so wouldn't be confused) they won't give you the right flavour profile and texture.

              You can use the native sumacs to make so called "Indian lemonade" by soaking the drupes in cold water.

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                TorontoTuna RE: bytepusher Jan 26, 2014 12:47 PM

                True that. Still and all, the sour native Sumac is terrific in a mash with nettles and wild leeks for a zippy winter soup. Not familiar with the Sicilian stuff, but thanks for the knowledge.

            2. picholine RE: KAYLO Jan 26, 2014 06:29 PM

              Whole Foods.

              1. chocabot RE: KAYLO Jan 26, 2014 06:58 PM

                I've bought it at Spice Trader on Queen West

                1. sgogo RE: KAYLO Jan 27, 2014 07:49 PM

                  Yes, the bulk place downstairs at the St. Lawrence Market has it. Got some there a few months ago, have yet to use it. Time to break out Ottolenghi.

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                    KAYLO RE: sgogo Jan 29, 2014 12:06 PM

                    Got it at House of Spice, no problem! And Zatar too. Will start with using it as a spice rub for roasting chicken and serving with a cold yoghurt/zatar "sauce" and rice. Lovely color and aroma.

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                    KAYLO RE: KAYLO Feb 5, 2014 04:15 PM

                    Big success with the sumac chicken with bread salad recipe off Chowhound. Highly recommended, and if you do try it please read the users' comments, which were very helpful.

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