Homegrown Za’atar Recipe

The recipes for za’atar vary from nation to nation, but this is the basic blend.



March / April 2018

  • Scholars and cooks alike agree that "Origanum syriacum" is the za'atar herb that best fits all ancient descriptions.
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  • While poisonous sumac is identified by its hanging white berries, tart, edible sumac berries grow in upright red clusters.
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Yield: about 1/2 cup

This spice blend usually consists of 3 parts crushed or powdered dried za’atar leaves; 1 part crushed, roasted sesame seeds; 1 part ground sumac berries (Rhus coriaria); and salt and pepper to taste. If you don’t have the za’atar herb Origanum syriacum, substitute thyme with an equal part marjoram, oregano, or both, as below.

Ingredients:

• 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
• 1 tablespoon dried marjoram leaves
• 1 tablespoon oregano leaves
• 1 tablespoon ground sumac berries
• 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
• Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

Instructions:

1. Simply mix all the ingredients together, and your za’atar is ready to use.

For more about growing and blending your own herbs and spices, see: Homemade Spice Blends.


Adapted from a recipe by Susan Belsinger.