Homegrown Za’atar Recipe

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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.
about 1/2 cup SERVINGS


  • 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


  • 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.

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.

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