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Sumac-in Me Crazy Spice Blend (Add-On)

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We want cooking to be easy, so we've made this spice blend with your seasonal Local Roots bounty in mind. Wild Mountain Cumin brings a perfect balance to Cured Sumac and Silk Chili. Mildly smoky in flavor with a light kick in the end, it’s all you need to roast your veggies, chicken, or white fish. Dust it over a flatbread, sprinkle it on top of hummus, or add a dash to your sauteed greens. 

 

  • Ethically sourced in collaboration with Burlap & Barrel
  • Fresh, direct from farming cooperatives
  • Wild Mountain Cumin is hand-picked by foragers in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. They are tiny, oblong and black with long stems. It has a savory, penetrating aroma and bright, umami flavor evocative of grilled meats and sweet caramelized onions.
  • Cured Sumac grows wild around Gaziantep, Turkey, where instead of being dried, it’s chopped and packed in salt to preserve it. It has a bright, sour, salty and slightly fermented flavor, and is one of our most popular spices among professional chefs and home cooks alike.
  • Silk Chili come from Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Naturally preserved with a little bit of salt and sunflower seed oil to keep them fresh and flavorful. They have a warm, tomato-like flavor and a medium heat, similar to Espelette and Korean chilis. 

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    The Problem

    Millions of smallholder farmers are involved in the production of spices, and many of them face poverty and food insecurity. Depending on the spice and country, the production of spices itself faces labor issues and environmental issues – such as uncontrolled pesticide use and poor wastewater management. Most household branded spices are years old, lacking flavor and freshness. Finding the right flavors to spice up dishes can feel overwhelming and tiresome. 

     

    Our Food Fix

    We source our spices from Burlap & Barrel, a spice company that is working towards ending inequality and exploitation in food systems that disenfranchise skilled farmers. They source their spices directly from farmer cooperatives and small farms, bypassing brokers and middlemen who drive prices up and quality down. They visit farms and spend time with farmers, learning firsthand about the economic, social and cultural factors behind their farming methods, and we support them to improve the quality, quantity, and value of their products.

     

    Meet Your Farmer


    Ethan Frisch and Ori Zohar - Burlap & Barrel

    What Locals Are Saying...

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    Local Roots meat is handled with care and you can taste it. There are no preservatives, nitrates or funky chemicals. It's super fresh.

    Jenn de la Vega.
    Chef & Cookbook author

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