Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that varies somewhat but usually includes: thyme, marjoram, oregano, sumac, ground sesame seeds and salt. Savory, cumin, coriander and fennel may also be part of the blend. The blend varies by country, by manufacturer and by household.
One of the most common uses of za'atar is to eat it with pita bread. Pita is dipped in olive oil and then in za'atar. Za'atar is also used to season humus, labneh and a variety of meats, vegetables and salads. The spices are rich in anti-oxidants, so not only does za'atar add flavor, it also provides a nutritional boost to food.
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Where to buy za'atar
You can purchase za'atar at Middle Eastern markets, specialty spice shops, or online through Amazon. I encourage you to try different za'atar blends or even make your own.