About Za'atar Seasoning
Za’atar is a popular Middle Eastern spice blend with ancient roots and many regional variations. Our za’atar seasoning is more Israeli in style. Other versions may include oregano or marjoram, lemon zest or orange zest. In Jordan, za’atar tends to be heavier on the sumac. This is a salt-free seasoning, so be sure to add salt as desired to your dishes when using this blend.
Za’atar seasoning is extremely versatile and highly cravable. It’s often used as a table condiment, allowing diners to sprinkle on everything from hummus and bread to eggs, cheese, and popcorn. Mix za’atar with olive oil or yogurt to create a delicious dip. Use it to spice up roasted meats, meatball recipes, stews, soups, root vegetables, and potatoes. Za’atar Manakeesh is a popular Lebanese flatbread that’s made by mixing za’atar seasoning with olive oil, lemon, and salt and spreading it on a simple dough, similar to pizza.
What is Za’atar?
The word "za’atar" (also spelled zaatar, zahtar, or zahatar) has two primary usages. First, it refers to a particular species of herb: Origanum syriacum. This herb is also known as bible hyssop, Lebanese oregano, and Syrian oregano. It was a key ingredient in ancient za’atar spice blends. This is how we come to the second usage — eventually the word “za’atar” became interchangeable as a reference to the herb itself and the blended seasoning. Now, many za’atar blends substitute O. zyriacum with thyme, oregano, or marjoram, but the nomenclature remains.