SUMAC, The “Citrus Substitute” Spice


Do you have trouble with acidic fruits like lemon or limes, but love the flavor?  Well, Sumac may be your answer. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice with a lemony, citrus-like sour and tart flavor, often used to flavor salads and meats. You can submerse sumac berries in water, (extracting their juice) to make sumac lemonade.  You can freeze the sumac juice and add it to meals (or simply use the sumac in powder form) to create that citrus flavor you may have had to avoid lately.

Question Time:

  1. Have you ever tried Sumac before?
  2. How do you tolerate it with Crohn’s?
  3. Do you like the taste?
  4. Where can you buy sumac?
  5. What are your favorite recipes for sumac?

Here are Some Great Recipes and Ways to Try Out Sumac:

Grilled Sweet Potato Baba Ghanoush

(Also works with eggplants summer squash. Ditch the lemon juice completely if you can’t tolerate it.)


Yogurt and Sumac Sauce


Pan Grilled Shrimp with Sumac Sauce


Sumac Ginger Tofu


* Please Note:  This is merely an opinion blog. The research and information covered in this blog is open to public domain for discussion.  We do not have any formal medical background.  We simply want to share and discuss foods for those with Crohn’s Disease. Because people suffering from Crohn’s Disease tolerate a variety of foods differently, recipes often need specific alterations for each individual. Get creative! Leave out the foods that don’t work for you and use the foods that make you feel good. As always, please consult your doctor or health care professional before applying ideas from this website. Happy Cooking!!


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