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Other names: Zaatar, zahtar, za’atar

In Jordan, a spice mixture called zatar is a popular condiment and used to season fried and barbecued meats. It combines the nutty taste of sesame with sumac and dried thyme. Similar mixtures are reported from Syria and Israel. Zatar is often mixed with olive oil and spread on pita bread.
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I have grown at least 7 types of thymes trying to find the one with the peppery taste from Zaatar. The leaves of Zaatar are more like rosemary, long and thin. Thyme is usually small and round. I am pretty sure Zaatar is the herb Summer Savory. Not even winter savory! Summer Savory, with a peppery thyme tase.

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