Our Za’atar is a fragrant mix of herbs and spices, featuring sumac, thyme, Mediterranean oregano, sesame seeds and salt, inspired by the many versions of za’atar found throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
From a culinary perspective, za’atar refers to both a spice blend and a flowering herb which remains a traditional component of the blend. Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (including Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey) have their own versions of za’atar. Recipes are often closely guarded family secrets and points of national pride. In Jordan, za’atar tends to contain more sumac, while in Lebanon it sometimes contains dried orange zest. Isreali za’atar, which was adopted from surrounding Arab communities, sometimes contains dill.
Our za’atar is inspired by the many versions found throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Bright, tart sumac and nutty sesame seeds accent the earthy, herbal flavors of thyme and Mediterranean oregano, making it a multidimensional seasoning with a variety of applications. Za’atar can be used as a table condiment on everything from eggs to labneh (thickened yogurt). It is delicious on fish, grilled meats, salads, or simply mixed with oil to serve on breads. In Lebanon, it is a main component of man’ousheh, a disk-shaped flat bread popularly enjoyed for breakfast.