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Pure Sumac Powder
Whole Spice's ground sumac packed in a glass jar, available through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

Pure Sumac Powder (Additive-Free)

So you're looking to buy 100% pure sumac that contains no salt or other additives? If you live in the US or Canada, check out the tips below to make the most out of your next sumac purchase; if you live in the UK, see Buying Sumac in the UK. Disclosure: This page contains sponsored/affiliate links – if you purchase a product through these links, the author of this article will receive a small commission, of course without any extra cost on your part.

Where to Get Pure Sumac

If you live in a major city like New Work, Los Angeles or Toronto, you may be able to find a local Middle Eastern store or gourmet shop that sells powdered sumac berries. But there's a chance that the product also contains salt, citric acid or other additives.

If you cannot find pure sumac that is free of additives and preservatives in the shops in your area, don't worry – you can always order it online! The online retailer Amazon, for example, sells several brands of sumac, including a number of additive-free powders. If you don't know which brand to pick, here are two products that are definitely worth checking out:

Whole Spice Inc's Sumac, 2.2 Ounces
  • 100% ground sumac packed in an elegant glass jar
  • From a California-based supplier known for high quality
  • Available in the US through Amazon here
  • Available in Canada through Amazon.ca here
Season with Spice's Sumac, 4.8 Ounces
  • 100% pure sumac packed in cute glass jars (2 jars, 2.43 oz each)
  • From a Minnesota-based supplier of premium spices and hand-crafted blends
  • Available through Amazon.com here

Buying in Bulk

If you plan to use sumac only occasionally and/or in small quantities, it is best to purchase it in small quantities and replenish your supply when you run out of it. Why? Because sumac, like other ground spices, lose some of their flavor and potency when stored for extended periods of time.

On the other hand, if you have a big family to feed and love cooking Middle Eastern food, or if you own a restaurant, you might want to buy sumac in bulk to save some hard-earned cash. If you live in the US or Canada and are looking to buy ground sumac in bulk, be sure to check out Whole Spice Inc's attractive bulk offer:

Whole Spice Inc's Sumac, 1 Pound
  • Pure ground sumac packed in a re-sealable plastic bag
  • From a California-based supplier known for top quality
  • Attractive price
  • Order it through Amazon.com here
  • Order it through Amazon.ca here

What is Sumac, Anyway?

Chances are you landed on this page because you are already familiar with sumac. But just in case you missed the memo, sumac (also spelled sumach) is a tangy, lemony spice often used to add flavor to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. It is commonly used in salads instead of lemon juice and to season meat, poultry and fish. This purplish red spice is also delicious – and beautiful – sprinkled over hummus (Middle Eastern chickpea dip) and pureed soups. It can also be used to flavor popcorn instead of salt.

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