Our spectacular za'atar is blended at origin in Palestine with locally grown herbs, sesame seeds and sumac.
Za'atar is a blend named after its key ingredient, a Levantine species of oregano that flourishes in the region's characteristic arid conditions, and it also includes sesame seeds, sumac and other ingredients, depending on who's making it. Good za'atar tastes savory, deeply herbal, piney, nutty, tart and peppery.
We're able to share this za'atar because of the expertise, persistence and creativity of more people than you probably realize — we assembled a scrappy team of farmers, millers, entrepreneurs, freight forwarders and at least one father-in-law who pieced together a whole supply chain for you. It represents a shared pride and passion for their land, its people and their culture. When we talk about heirloom spices, this is what we're talking about.
The miller, Abu Ali, said, "We do this from our hearts out of love. Working in the mill bringing the smell of the za'atar in the air makes us all love our job even more. We want the world to know we love our culture and want to share the love of our culture by working hard daily just so we can bring joy into everyone’s home."
- Mix with olive oil as a dip for bread or rub for vegetables or protein
- Use as a rub for baked chicken or eggs
- Roast vegetables and potatoes, then top with tahini and za'atar
- Cilbir-Inspired Eggs
- Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken with Za'atar Chickpea Salad
Our za'atar was cultivated by a family in the hills outside of Ramallah using artisanal and organic methods, including collecting limited rainwater to grow the za'atar plants. Like many Palestinians, they are denied access to the aquifers beneath their feet and must practice water-saving techniques to grow their traditional crops.
When the herb's fuzzy, heart-shaped leaves are ready for harvest throughout the summer, they are hand-picked by farmers who learned their craft from their parents and grandparents and cultivate the same land, rare in a place where many farming families have had their land taken away from the
After harvest, the za'atar is dried and then ground at a local mill. Careful stone milling of the za'atar leaves before blending is essential to create the distinctive light, fluffy texture of real Palestinian za'atar. The ground leaves are precisely blended with roasted local sesame seeds and tart, purple sumac, which grow in Silwad and the eastern areas of Ramallah.
We're grateful for the partnership of Manal from Re7het Falasteen in helping set up this supply chain and coordinating the production from Palestine to the US. They also carry exceptional Palestinian foods and pantry goods, so make sure to check out their site.
- olive oil
Wild Za Atar
This is a great item for lamb dishes. I also use it to season shrimp and salmon.
Excellent as usual
Easily my favorite Za'atar blend that I have come across. Quality is always apparent with B&B. Thank you for all the work that went into this and all of your products.
Great, useful for many foods.
Sense of place
Like all the B&B spices I have ever tried, the Za’atar is an exceptional iteration of this blend. With nothing - staleness, excessive processing - getting in the way of the unique flavors, their freshness and specificity can really hit you. It’s an immediate trip to a wind swept arid landscape, punctuated by tart resinous herbaceousness. Just fantastic.
I'm obsessed with this. I had to buy the large container this time. Amazing on tomatoes w a little salt and olive oil. Perfect on eggs. I cannot live without this za'atar blend. I'm glad it has been restocked.