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Are you familiar with sumac, za'atar and marash? This trio of spices is poised to make a big splash in coming years as more and more people are turning the exotic flavors of the Middle East and beyond, according to this infographic from MSL Group.
If you've never tried these Middle Eastern spices, consider them a great way of boosting the flavor of your favorite foods. For instance, sumac, which is a berry-like spice that comes from a shrub, has a tangy flavor and makes a nice substitute for lemon when you'd like to perk up your meals.
Za'atar is to the Middle East what Herbes de Provence is to the French. A blend of sesame seeds, sumac, thyme and sometimes salt, za'atar is used in everything from breads and salads to meats, fish and poultry. Add a little to your vinaigrettes for a little extra oomph.
Last but not least, marash is a type of pepper popular in Turkey. Similar in appearance to chili flakes, marash red pepper is perfect for sprinkling over salads, eggs, soups or sandwiches. Learn more about these spices below (click on the image to enlarge):