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Za’atar Varieties Reflect Region’s Different Flavors


Most often eaten sprinkled over flatbread drizzled with olive oil, za’atar is a Middle Eastern staple.

Beautifully nuanced with unique flavors, za’atar is popular in Lebanese, Greek, Syrian, Israeli and Palestinian cultures, among others.

The simplest of versions is a mix of thyme, savory or marjoram, sumac, sea salt and sesame seeds blended with olive oil and spread on flatbread. Of course, in the same way American dishes differ from region to region, so do versions of za’atar.

And while each version is perfect on flatbread, za’atar is also a lovely way to spice up meat, or dress up hummus or labneh to boost the flavor profile.

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