About Zaatar

Za'atar is a blend of spices used in Middle Eastern cooking for centuries. The mix includes dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt. Some variations may have cumin, coriander, fennel, or dried citrus zest. Its unique taste combines herbal, nutty, tangy, and slightly salty flavors, making it a versatile seasoning for many dishes. You can sprinkle it over hummus, mix it with olive oil for bread dipping, or season meats, vegetables, dips, and salads.

Origanum syriacum, a wild oregano species in the Middle East, is the plant that gives the spice blend its name. Herbal medicine uses za'atar herb for its potential health benefits, such as improving digestion and boosting immunity. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Za'atar is also culturally significant in many Middle Eastern countries, associated with good luck and protection in folklore traditions.

Za'atar has become popular in Western cuisines because of its unique flavor profile and potential health benefits from the antioxidants found in its ingredients. Its distinct taste and cultural significance make it a must-try seasoning for anyone exploring Middle Eastern cuisine.

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