|Za'atar, also spelled Zaatar Za'tar, Zahtar and Zahatar, is a Middle Eastern spice mix that is used generously from North Africa and into Turkey. As with many spice seasoning blends there are several variations depending on the overall region, village and down to the individual family. The staple ingredients are a simple mixture of marjoram, oregano and thyme and a variety of other spices and herbs may be added depending on the family recipe. Historically the exact blend has been a closely held family secret and it was not uncommon for the recipe to not even be passed down from mother to daughter.
Traditionally consumed with Arabic bread (the pita) which the pita is dipped in olive oil and then Za'atar. It is also commonly sprinkled over chicken, fish and vegetables. Some cooks swear that it brings out a spectacular flavor in any Mediterranean dish.
This is a simple version of a Israeli Za'atar that is hand blended from sesame seeds, coriander, sumac, thyme, cumin and black pepper.
Some of the popular recipes with Za'atar include Za'atar Bread with Tomatoes, Za'atar Spiced Meatballs, Za'atar Crusted Baked Chicken and Roasted Carrots with Za'atar and Feta.
We also carry a delightful Syrian Za'atar that is equally delicious. They are numerous versions of Za'atar that vary from region to region throughout the Middle East. Think of it like we have numerous version of salsa in this country.