What is sumac?

Sumac comes from dried and coarsely-ground berries which have a sour, citrus-flavour. The burgundy-coloured sumac berries grow in clusters, and the dried berries are widely used throughout Middle Eastern cuisine in place of lemon juice, vinegar or tamarind. Learn more in our guide to sumac.

How to use sumac

Sprinkle the deep red sumac powder over hummus, or use to garnish Persian rice. Also try combining sumac with fresh lemon juice and olive oil as a salad dressing, or use the lemony flavours to season lahmacun flat breads and grilled fish. Equally, sumac enhances the flavour of lamb and chicken dishes with its citrus notes, and it is often rubbed into kebabs before cooking to cut through the fattiness of the meat. 

Sumac is often spelled somaq or sumaq, though you may also see it written as sumach or sumak.

About Greenfields

Greenfields are a second generation UK-based family business. Greenfields’ herbs and spices are used by restaurants, artisans and street food producers across the country - all who enjoy their great value products. For caterers and restaurants the kitchen-safe and easy-to-use resealable plastic tubs for their larger size packs of ingredients are extremely popular. And for home cooks the smaller packets of spices are great for filling your spice drawer. The Greenfields philosophy is to provide good quality products at a great price.

Storage: store in a cool and dry place.

Product Highlights

  • Made from dried sour berries
  • Popular in Middle Eastern & Turkish cooking
  • Deep red colour & citrus notes
  • Use in place of lemon juice or tamarind in salad dressings
  • Sprinkle over hummus


Delivery Option Price
EVRi Economy ? £3.99 (or FREE for orders over £50)
Express ? £6.99 (or FREE for orders over £100)
Signature Required ? £6.99 (or FREE for orders over £50)*
Weekend Delivery ? £6.99 (or FREE for orders over £100)
Large Item Delivery ? £29.99 (or FREE for orders over £100)
For international and other delivery information please see our Delivery page


These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only, and are designed to enhance your shopping experience on the Sous Chef website.  While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for your reading the product packaging and label prior to use.  You should note that products and their ingredients are subject to change.

Recipes & Articles

  • Turkish Lahmacun Recipe

    Turkish Lahmacun Recipe

    • Under 3 hours

    • Intermediate

  • The Ultimate Guide To Sumac

    The Ultimate Guide To Sumac

    February 11th, 2022
  • Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley's Chicken Musakhan

    Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley's Chicken Musakhan

    • Intermediate

  • Dill & Sumac Summer Salad
  • Persian Spices: The Essential List For Flavouring Persian Food

    Persian Spices: The Essential List For Flavouring Persian Food

    November 8th, 2019
  • Maftoul, Carrot, Feta, Date & Mint Salad Recipe

    Maftoul, Carrot, Feta, Date & Mint Salad Recipe

    • 45 minutes

    • Easy