how or where to find good sumac?

Food52ers, I know you'll know! How do I find (where do I find) good sumac? (An online source would be ideal for me.) I bought some at a local grocery store recently and, while it's a pretty color, it has none of the bright tart flavor that sumac is known for.

Thanks so much!!

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  • March 4, 2014
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figgypudding
figgypudding March 4, 2014

Penzey's Spices is a always a good place to go for spices, and they have sumac:http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeyssumac.html

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Monita
Monita March 4, 2014

If you live in the greater NY area there are two stores you can get good Sumac at:
Kalustyans (http://www.kalustyans.com/) on 28th and Lex Ave. or Dual Specialty Store (91 First Avenue, around 10th Street). Otherwise try a food store that sells Mid Eastern or Indian food products

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tammany
tammany March 4, 2014

Thanks to both of you. I'll give Penzey's a try. Alas, I am not in the NY area (I wish...) and don't have easy access to a grocery store specializing in Mid Eastern products, though thanks for the suggestions - next time I'm in NY I will definitely stop by both of the places Monita mentions.

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Sam1148
Sam1148 March 4, 2014

It grows wild in the most of the US. It's very easy to recognize. I can spot it on the road side in the late summer, when the seeds are drying up. Take a look at how to identify it, you'll see it everywhere from late June to early fall (when the berries are dry on plant and red in color).

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lisabu
lisabu March 4, 2014

Another good online source is spice ace based in San Francisco. Good prices and interesting blends.

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dietjessg
dietjessg March 5, 2014

The Spice House (in Chicago or online) is my go-to source for excellent spices!!!

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tammany
tammany March 5, 2014

And two more excellent suggestions! Thanks so much!!

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Lemongrass&Lime
Lemongrass&Lime March 5, 2014

I second The Spice House (in Chicago or online). As a side note, Tama Wong, author (with Eddy Leroux) of Foraged Flavor, is hoping to start a sustainable wild sumac farm in New Jersey. It's an interesting project I just head about. You can read more about it here:- https://www.kickstarter...

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 5, 2014

Provisions sells some in a package http://food52.com/provisions...

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tammany
tammany March 5, 2014

so interesting about the sustainable sumac project. and thanks to sexyLAMBCHOPx too.

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