Sumac: Health Benefits in Your Food
Exceptionally High In Antioxidants,
Sumac Tops the List of All Antioxidant Spices
Know Your Sumac in Your Kitchen
Sumac is little known to North Americans although it grows plenty nationwide, and was well used by the Native Americans as a medicine to many ailments. Among the 10 top antioxidant foods, sumac tops the list.
Sumac in The Lebanese Cuisine
Sumac is used in our cuisine to sparkle foods with a zesty-lemony flavor. It is that particular zesty fragrant that is famously enjoyed in our Man’oush, the Zaatar Baked Bread, and related recipes, as it is a main part of the Zaatar mixture.
We also use it to enhance the rich Fattoush Salad with a zesty flavor, as well as the Beef Shawarma, among others. In various of our dishes, Sumac substitutes the lemon simply and deliciously.
I had the opportunity once to watch a senior relative harvesting the Sumac berries from her garden in a Northern village.
Her hands would turn a burning dark red as she sorted them out, and forged them, before spreading them on a linen sheet, in her patio, for the sun to dry them. It was like submitting them to a natural cooking process that took weeks!
By the time they were ready to be used, the large spread has disappeared into a small quantity. It makes one appreciate the little jar of sumac in the spice shelf of our kitchen.
Sumac: Health Benefits
Native Americans knew better than disregarding these beautifully colored shrubs. They drank it, sweetened with maple syrup, as a cold invigorating drink. They would also warm the infusion into hot tea.
From treating blisters and rashes to diarrhea, hemorrhage and asthma, among other ailments, they were not certainly wrong.
On the other side of the world, in Lebanon, Sumac was also used as medicine to fight colds and sore throats, and strengthen the body system, among others.
Today, scientific studies have come to demonstrate the following benefits of the Sumac:
Exceptionally high in antioxidant properties than most common spices, vegetables and fruits
Lowers Bad Cholesterol Levels
Promotes Better Cardiovascular Health
Fights Aging and Diseases
Helps with Type 2 Diabetes
Lowers Significantly Blood Glucose Levels, and Improves Glycemic Control
Helps Prevent and Treat Atherosclerosis, which is a deadly coronary artery disease
Contains Antibacterial and Antimicrobial properties
Fights Diarrhea, Hemorrhage, Colds, Sore Throat, and Tuberculosis
Treats Asthma, Ulcers, and Osteoporosis
Can help with Joint Disease Therapy
Treats Rashes, Boils and Blisters
Helps with Eye Health, Ear Health and Heart Health
Good Wash of STD
To make Sumac Tea, the berries should be soaked in water and not boiled. Boiling the Sumac berries releases their Tannic acid in the water. The liquid is then filtered well, sweetened if desired, and consumed cold or heated
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