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Old 09-12-2012, 03:38 PM   #11
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Yup, Aunt Bea, that's what one harvests, lets dry, and grinds for the "exotic" spice sumac. I loved that tea when I was a child...might make some of that, too.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:19 PM   #12
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CW, how do the seeds taste? Maybe you could use them in something like Andy's onion bagel recipe.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #13
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CW, how do the seeds taste? Maybe you could use them in something like Andy's onion bagel recipe.
They taste like onion (quelle surprise!), but a more intense flavor, if that makes sense. I have sooooo many spices and herbs, I love having exotic spices on hand. I will probably grind them in my mortar and pestle and add them to a flat bread or maybe put them on top...I can hardly wait to be done harvesting so I can do some other things in the kitchen besides process tomatoes!
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:40 PM   #14
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They taste like onion (quelle surprise!), but a more intense flavor, if that makes sense. I have sooooo many spices and herbs, I love having exotic spices on hand. I will probably grind them in my mortar and pestle and add them to a flat bread or maybe put them on top...I can hardly wait to be done harvesting so I can do some other things in the kitchen besides process tomatoes!
Unless you use them right away, you stand to loose some of the flavor by grinding them in advance. Whole, they should make a dandy topping for roggenbrot.
http://germanfood.about.com/od/allbr...Roggenbrot.htm
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:15 PM   #15
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I wasn't going to grind them right now. I was thinking of tossing them in the freezer...
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I wasn't going to grind them right now. I was thinking of tossing them in the freezer...
Freezing is likely to cause layering or stratification which will induce the seeds to try and germinate when defrosted. I suspect this will result in a different flavor than the dried seed.
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Freezing is likely to cause layering or stratification which will induce the seeds to try and germinate when defrosted. I suspect this will result in a different flavor than the dried seed.
I hadn't thought of that. I do put different seeds in the freezer and have done the stratification process with cherry seeds. I guess I'll just put a lid on the jar and put it in my spice rack. Better use them soon!
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I harvested some seeds from the green bunching onions that I overwintered. I just used them to plant more onions this summer, but I will have to try harvesting some to use as a spice. Thanks for the idea CWS!
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:31 AM   #19
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How wonderful to be able to grow your own sumac.

btw, love the expression "Hippy daze" really sums it up
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