August Spice Club – Sumac

Spice Club decorative cover photo.

Try something new! Our featured spice for the month of August is Sumac. You’re welcome to pick up a Spice Club kit beginning Tuesday August 1st at 9am. The kit will contain:

  • a sample of the spice
  • recipe cards
  • history of the spice
  • a list of cookbooks you can check out from the library

Spice Club kits go fast! Unable to make it in time to grab one of your own? Try out a recipe! The five recipes included in the kit are linked below.

Sumac Quick Facts

  • Sumac is native to temperate and subtropical zones
  • It used for dyes, medicines, and beverages; the dried fruits of some spices of sumac are used for spices that are especially popular in Middle Eastern foods
  • The plant is used as a soil binder or cover plant and is known for it’s vibrant fall color
  • The scarlet sumac is native to the eastern and central areas of the United States and is a common species; it can grow up to 20 feet tall
  • Smaller sumacs are the shining, winged, or dwarf sumac and the lemon sumac; they are good for landscaping
  • The poison sumac is an attractive shrub or tree that is native to the acidic, swampy soil of eastern North America and has sap that is extremely toxic to many people

Information Source

Questions about Spice Club? Contact Ashley at 315-785-7714 or send her an email.