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Baharat, Khalta Hara & Za'atar

Fantastic and flavorful blends made in collaboration with Chef Reem Assil.

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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

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

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



Reem’s is a nationally acclaimed Arab bakery and restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. We build community through the warmth of Arab bread and hospitality, and our vision is to build strong, resilient communities by providing good jobs, healthy nourishing food and sanctuary spaces for all.

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Justin D.
United States United States

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.

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Zaynah H.
United States United States

pantry staples!

I love using these spice blends to make things interesting while cooking casually (khalta harra is a staple atop my avocado toast), but I also love using them in so many of the recipes from Reem's cookbook Arabiyya!

Deborah G.
United States United States

My new favorite spice source

I’ve ordered from Burlap & Barrel twice and both experiences were outstanding. The spices are super-fresh and exactly as described (extremely important when ordering online). Will definitely order again.

Laura K.
United States United States

I used to spice up my versions of bean burgers, falafel, and veggie fritters. Yum!

how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?