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Za'atar (red)

Za'atar (red)

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Za'atar, named after its traditional main ingredient, Syrian marjoram, is a spice mixture made from green herbs, sumac and sesame seeds. The original mixture would be just a combination of Syrian marjoram, sesame seeds and salt.

The word za'atar is not only the name of the mixture, but also of a group of herbs: savory, wild basil thyme, thyme and the herbs of the oregano genus, including marjoram and oregano. So it is not surprising that many za'atars today contain oregano, thyme and common marjoram, all three za'atars.

In the Middle Ages, za'atar (with sumac) was used as medicine, as was the case with many herbs, spices and mixtures. For example, it was used for colds.

Za'atar is often provided with its own signature, and is therefore available on the market in all conceivable variations. The closest thing to the original recipe is 'green za'atar', but usually too little sesame seeds have been added, leaving the taste somewhat flat; the ratio of spices to sesame should be about 4:1. Sumac has been added to 'red' za'atar, just like in medieval medicine. Our za'atar is of the latter type, but contains no salt. The advantage of this is that the addition of za'atar has no influence on the salt content of the dish, which you can provide with salt as needed.

Za'atar, like bahārāt, is a widespread Arabic spice mixture, which is used as a rub or marinade (mix with olive oil) for the preparation of beef, lamb, chicken or fish, as a sprinkle over hummus, yogurt, labneh or baba ganoush! Also delicious over baked potatoes. Remember that the green herbs are not hard, like rosemary, and can burn when you bake them with the potatoes (see tip below).

Scent and taste

Za'atar is very fragrant. Because the sesame seeds are already toasted, you can prepare it as 'raw' topping. To bring out the aromas of za'atar even better, you can warm the za'atar in some butter (do not roast or fry!).


  • this (red) za'atar contains: thyme, black cumin (Bunium persicum), coriander(leaf), sesame, sumac (Rhus coriaria) and Syrian marjoram (Majorana syriaca)
  • origin: Middle East, Persian cuisine (Iran)

Allergen information

  • this za'atar has been compiled with care in the United Kingdom
  • the mixture contains sesame, and may contain traces of celery and mustard


  • available in glass and stand-up pouch (no test tubes)
  • glass jar contains 60 grams
  • stand up pouches with a content of up to 30 to 250 grams
  • larger quantities on request

Gift Wrap

  • the jar is available in a tasteful gift box, consisting of a cube box filled with black tissue paper
  • for an overview of our gift packaging, please refer to the gift packaging section

General advice

  • keep za'atar in a dark, dry and cool place


  • keep your za'atar in closed packaging
  • preferably store in a dark, dry and cool place
  • best before November 2023 (11/23)
  • this best before date is an indication
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