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the Arabic word za'atar, pronounced ZAH-tahr, literally means "thyme" and this is an ancient seasoning used throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Remains of thymbra spicata, one variety used in modern za'atar preparations, were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, and according to Dioscorides, this particular species was known to the Ancient Egyptians as saem. Za'atar (the herb) is traditionally dried in the sun and mixed with salt, sesame seeds and sumac. It is commonly eaten with pita, which is dipped in olive oil and then za'atar. It is used as a seasoning for meats and vegetables or

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makes 5 1/2 Tbsp's
5 Min
No-Cook or Other


2 Tbsp
sesame seeds, dry roasted
1 1/2 Tbsp
dried thyme, crumbled
1 Tbsp
dried marjoram or 1 tablespoon oregano, crumbled
1 Tbsp
ground sumac


1Mix all ingredients and store in a cook dark place.
2Use as is or mix the blend with some olive oil to make a rub or with more oil a dip for bread or anything you like.

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