About the Zaatar

Zaatar (Origanum syriacum) is a popular herb in the Levant. Today, Zaatar usually refers to a centuries-old spice blend, a mixture of dried herbs, sesame seeds, sumac, and often salt. Zaatar’s uses are seemingly limitless and in Israeli culture – both Arab and Jewish – it is dusted on baked goods and yogurts (my personal favorite). However, there is nothing like a hot pita dipped in olive oil with a generous heaping of Zaatar.

To me Zaatar is Israel on a plate. The unmistakable odor always brings me back to my first few years in Israel, living in Jerusalem and wandering aimlessly through the Old City’s cobbled alleyways. Since those days, in the early 2000s, my relationship with food, which has always been a loving one, has turned into an obsession. This blog is a natural progression of that love for food and everything culinary. No other name could have properly conveyed that food memory.

Here you can expect details about my experiments in the kitchen, experiences dining out (particularly in Tel Aviv) and food snapshots from my kitchen and beyond – as well as other random snippets from my life. Hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do.

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2 responses to “About the Zaatar

  1. Dear Madam or Sir,
    About a month ago I picked up a (perhaps too big) bag of Zaatar in the Old City of J’lem to bring back with me to frigid upper NY State. I have enough to last me a year, at least. Do you have any insights on how long it will keep well, if I can freeze it, or anything like that? Thanks so much for any insights!

    • I keep mine in a jar in the pantry and as far as I know it lasts “forever” just like most powdered spices. Enjoy!

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