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Re: [Apicius] Substitutions: sumach

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  • Weingarten
    The sumach we get here (in Israel) is not bitter at all. It has a spicey lemony taste - lemon juice might be more appropriate. It also gives a marvellous
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      The sumach we get here (in Israel) is not bitter at all. It has a spicey
      lemony taste - lemon juice might be more appropriate. It also gives a
      marvellous red-purple colour to foods - it was used as a dye in antiquity.
      Susan Weingarten
      Tel Aviv

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      From: "Lisa Holcomb-Blair" <ladygwyn@...>
      To: "Apicius" <Apicius@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2003 2:33 PM
      Subject: Re: [Apicius] Substitutions


      > In the past I have tried some of the substitutions listed in Edwards and
      found a few to be unsatisfactory.
      >
      > My biggest complaint is with the rue substitution. Rosemary is not even
      close in flavor to rue. Through my own experimentation and personal
      experience, I have found liquid bitters to be an acceptable replacement for
      rue. I don't use rue because I am allergic to it and find that more people
      than not have the same reaction to it. I replace many of the other bitter,
      astringent herbs, such as sumach and wormwood, with liquid bitters.
      >
      > Concerning the laser substitution, I don't understand why Edwards did not
      list asafoetida. Flowers and Rosenbaum give a great deal of information on
      this particular herb and even go as far as to say that the lesser qualities
      imported form Persia, Armenia, and Media were more or less common
      asafoetida.
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      > Gwyn
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