Widely used in Middle Eastern cuisines, this seasoning is versatile and brings many dishes to life with vibrant aromatic flavors.

Commonly used throughout many Middle Eastern and several Mediterranean cuisines, za’atar spice blends are making headway in the United States. Although it can be purchased pre-made, more and more people are making their own versions at home.

Basic za’atar is a mix of several herbs and spices, some of which are more common to American kitchens than others; these include a little salt, thyme, sesame seeds, and dried sumac. This last ingredient is essential to za’atar because it provides the distinct “slightly astringent, lemony flavor” that the seasoning is known for.

Try it and share your favorite recipe. A special thanks to my brother-in- law Ala for originally introducing me to this many years ago.