This trio of blends includes two blends made in partnership with Chef Reem Assil, and our spectacular origin blend Za'atar from Palestine. We've been friends with Chef Reem since we started our respective businesses a few months apart, over five years ago. She run's Reem's, a nationally acclaimed Arab bakery and restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was even named one of the Food & Wine Restaurants of the Year in 2018.
Our companies are both activist enterprises, where the commercial aspects are in service of more ambitious goals of building a new kind of business rooted in community, equity and transparency, locally and globally.
The food that Chef Reem, Chef Zaynah and the rest of the team create is exceptional. It's creative, culturally relevant and deeply delicious, drawing from family backgrounds and Levantine cooking traditions, the best California produce and (of course) beautiful spices.
Read more about each of the blends below:
Baharat (Seven Spice Blend) | بهارات
"Baharat, which literally means spices in Arabic, is a blend that varies across the Arab world in both combination and number of spices. In the Levant, the most common is a 7-spice blend that relies on warming spices tempered by woody and herbal notes from cumin and coriander. Every family has their own variation and of course seldom have a recipe, but it is a foundational spice that lends itself to the stews, meats and rice dishes that give the cuisine its unique taste." - Chef Reem
Ingredients: Allspice, Wild Mountain Cumin, Nile Coriander, Cloud Forest Cardamom, Royal Cinnamon, Pemba Cloves, Stone Nutmeg
- Tasting notes: Rich • Floral• Earthy
- Recipe Baharat Roasted Cauliflower
Khalta Hara (Chili Spice Blend) | خلطة حارة
"This Khalta Hara is inspired by our iconic house chili spice blend that is flavorful and not overbearingly spicy. It's great as a meat rub, a garnish on dips, and seasoning for roasted vegetables and sauces. The sweetness of the Silk Chili is grounded in the earthiness of cardamom and coriander and accented by the brightness of Black Lime." - Chef Reem
Ingredients: Silk Chili, Wild Mountain Cumin, Black Lime, Nile Coriander, Cloud Forest Cardamom, Royal Cinnamon, salt
- Tasting notes: Fruity • Aromatic • Slightly Spicy
- Recipe: Mukassarat Spiced Nuts
Za'atar (Burlap & Barrel Origin Blend)
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.
- Ingredients: Za'atar (Origanum syriacum), toasted sesame seeds, sumac, salt, citric acid
- Tasting notes: Mountain Herbs • Toasted Sesame • Tradition
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A whole new flavor experience
All 3 of these blends were completely unfamiliar to me. I got them because they sounded interesting and they did not disappoint! I don't usually use spice blends, so these have been like a shortcut to great Middle Eastern flavors. Note, the za'atar contains some salt (I over-salted the first dish I made with it), and both the za'atar and the baharat mellow as they cook, so be very generous with them. I like using za'atar with fish and grilled chicken, baharat with grilled lamb and roasted bland vegetables like cauliflower, and khalta hara with sautéed greens.
Improved Lamb Kabobs
It was excellent! The Baharat was substituted for the spices in a ground lamb kabob recipe and the result was outstanding. My family and I devoured the kabobs and I generally don’t enjoy lamb. We will be experimenting with this spice blend a lot. Highly recommend it.
I am just starting to cook with all the different B&B spices and loving all the delicious and different dishes! Thank you for such wonderful spices!
These spice blends take the curse off NYC winter
very positive, i bought them to chnage up basics like chicken and cauliflower and they did.
I use these spices on everything! They impart a lovely flavor to meats, vegetables, and fruits.
Gift for a good friend
I gave this spice box as a gift to a friend of mine who has recently discovered something besides salt, pepper and garlic powder. She was amazed by all 3 of these blends and she can't wait to try more!
Love these spices
This was a good change up for me. The spices are not too hot and offer nice variety of flavors. I am happy with this selection
Delicate and Extraordinary
What an incredible collection! The Baharat is amazing. Lamb dishes reach another level with this mix. Every time I use it the entire home fills with an exquisite aroma. The taste...exquisite! The Khalta Hara is a killer!!!! I have used in pork, beef and chicken and it's a success in our home, Rubbed in pork and squezzed some fresh orange then...BBQ! Excellent!!! This collection will always be in my kitchen!
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