Za’atar Spice is a blend of savory dried herbs thyme (traditionally), oregano, or marjoram, with toasted sesame seeds, and earthy spices like cumin and coriander, and the most important ingredient of all… sumac! Sumac gives it the delicious tanginess, which is what makes Za’atar, Za’atar!
Sumac is a flower that is primarily grown in subtropical areas of Africa (and North America). It is made from the dried and ground berries of the sumac flower. Sumac is a tangy spice that has a more acidic flavour, like lemons. It is a deep maroon colour and is a beautiful fragrant spice that is commonly used in middle eastern and north African cuisine. Most often it is using in spice blends (like this Za’atar), in dressings or as a rub.
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