Sumac's fruits are used dried, ground or whole. Sumac has a slightly sour, refreshing aroma and tastes slightly resinous. In far eastern cuisine, Sumac is a common table condiment used to season kebabs, grilled meat, poultry and fish.
Sumac is native to the Mediterranean region, where the tree grows wild today. It is also widespread in Iran and Lebanon, Turkey and Syria.
see Anne Iburg "Dumont Little Spice Encyclopedia", Eggolsheim, Dörfler Verlag GmbH