Za’atar is a versatile blend of spices including marjoram, thyme and sumac

Za’atar is a versatile spice mix that features prominently in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is known for its unique and aromatic flavor, which gives dishes an instant elevator. Za’atar is also an herb itself – a specific type of wild oregano (related to marjoram).
Composition: The composition of za’atar can vary by region, but typically it contains:
  • oregano
  • marjoram
  • thyme
  • sumac
Some varieties may also contain other spices or nuts, depending on local traditions.
Culinary Uses:
  • Dips: Mixed with olive oil to make a dip for bread.
  • Marinades: For meat, fish and vegetables.
  • Finish: Sprinkled over hummus, labneh, and other dishes.
  • Bakery products: Used as a topping for flatbreads and other baked goods.
History: Za’atar has a rich history and has been an essential part of Levantine (Middle Eastern) cuisine for thousands of years. The use of za’atar is often associated with health and well-being, and the herbal mixture is even mentioned in the Bible.
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