100% Pure Za'atar Herb
We are now proud to offer you, our customer, the za'atar pure herb. We directly import this rare spice from an Israeli farm near the Sea of Galilee and provide you with the fresh and authentic taste we always strive for.
Have you experienced the tasteful blend of za'atar? Za'atar is the name of a herb blend that is ever-present in Israeli cooking. Traditionally, the blend was made from a plant by the same name, but today most za'atar blends are made from herbs like oregano, marjoram, and thyme--and don't actually contain any of the "real" za'atar herb. You may have experienced or learned that Middle Eastern countries blend their own style of za'atar mixtures – Lebanese, Jordanian, Egyptian, and Israeli. Our blend is Israeli style which is dominated by the pure za'atar herb which has characteristics similar to oregano.
Za'atar (Majorana Syriac) is both a family of herbs and an herb. The Za'atar (Majorana Syriaca) is a grayish shrub with thin woody branches. Neither its leaves nor its flowers are outstanding in any way yet it is highly valued for its fragrance and flavor as it is an important spice and medicinal plant. All of the za'atar plants have one thing in common: concentrations of the chemical compound thymol in their leaves, which give the herbs their characteristic oregano-thyme scent. The za'atar flavor preferred in the Middle East is on the sweeter, oregano side. The most intensely flavored za'atar herbs originate in the hot deserts.
Current uses of what we now call za'atar are mostly culinary, but still diverse. For breakfast, Israelis sprinkle za'atar mixture on pita drizzled with olive oil, or stir it into the yogurt cheese known as labane. Add the za'atar blend to spinach turnovers and pita pizza, both making great dishes for lunch and a snack. For a savory supper, the mixture can be used as a dry rub for fish or chicken, or added to marinades for grilled or roasted vegetables. Za'atar can even go festive in a party dip.
In addition to its flavor contribution, thymol has proven antiseptic, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties, and this is the basis of the long and continuing history of the za'atar herbs’ medicinal use in the Middle East. Benefits claimed from using za'atar are many. Infusions or tisanes from the leaves are taken to treat digestive problems, edema, constipation, weariness, and heart disorders; the crushed leaves have been used to treat tooth decay, gum infection, and coughs. In Israel, it is the custom in some Arab villages to eat a small amount of Thymbra spicata leaves every morning as an immunization against poisons, and Arab men all over the Middle East believe za'atar enhances their virility.
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