What is Sumac?

Sumac, which is widely used in Turkish cuisine with its sour aroma and unique taste, is a spice that has very beneficial qualities for our health. Sumac spice is obtained by properly drying the red fruit of the sumac plant. There are 150 species of the sumac plant, but only 2 of them are non-toxic and suitable for human consumption. Thanks to the antiseptic components it contains, sumac protects the body against bacteria and microbes and provides a strong immune system to the body. According to studies, it is known that sumac seeds are good for lung infections, as well as preventing diabetes and obesity by balancing the insulin rate in the blood. Helping to remove toxins from the body, sumac not only adds flavor to our meals but also supports our health in many ways.


  • Consuming sumac keeps your cholesterol level in balance.
  • The sumac plant has been proven to be anticarcinogenic.
  • It has been observed that it has an increasing effect on breast milk. Sumac is also good for those who suffer from menstrual irregularity and those who have painful menstrual periods, it treats vaginal discharge.
  • Sumac is a herb that stops blood, relieves atherosclerosis and regulates blood pressure.
  • It is an astringent and diuretic. It supports the digestive system. It cleans the stomach and intestines and removes harmful bacteria from the body.
  • Sumac is an effective medicine used in the treatment of upper respiratory tract diseases such as colds and flu. Studies on sumac have revealed that sumac is an antioxidant.


  • For Sore Throats: Brew sumac leaves with boiling water. Wait for it to cool and gargle. You will see that it is good for your sore throat.
  • Sumac Tea:

Ingredients: 1 Liter of Water, 1 Tablespoon of Sumac.

Boil 1 liter of water and add 1 tablespoon of sumac. Mix it well and wait for it to brew. You can lower your cholesterol level by consuming sumac tea. Sumac tea is known to be good for sore throat and cough disorders. For acne treatment, you can apply sumac tea on your acne with the help of a cotton ball. If you cannot consume sumac spice alone, you can try adding 1 tablespoon of honey to your sumac tea.

  • For meals:

Sumac is preferred to suppress the odor, especially in salad recipes containing onions. To prevent your salad and food from emitting an offensive odor, you may want to consider using sumac. Sumac is a type of spice that is frequently encountered in stuffed recipes. You can try sprinkling sumac on your food to get a sour taste in recipes where you don’t use lemon. It is also known that sumac protects foods against spoilage for a long time.