Wild thyme in Arabic is zaatar (za'atar) but the term is commonly used for a Middle Eastern spice mixture that combines the wild thyme with sumac and toasted sesame seeds. Other ingredients may appear in the mixture as well including ground nuts and other toasted seeds.
Zaatar is used atop of labneh (yogurt cheese) and it's also commonly used to flavor fried eggs. Sometimes the seasoning is added to olive oil and used as a dipping sauce. In Jordan, zaatar is a popular condiment used to season fried and barbecued meats.
The ingredients for commercially sold Zaatar will vary per brand.
Ingredients include: Thyme, toasted wheat, toasted mixed spices, vegetable oil, salt, toasted sesame seeds, sumak.
1 cup sumac
2 cups roasted, ground sesame seeds
1/2 cup dried ground thyme
2 tablespoons dried leaf oregano
2 tablespoons dried leaf marjoram
2 tablespoons dried leaf savory
1 tablespoon sea salt (to taste)
Store the mixture in a container with a tight fitting lid. For longest storage keep refrigerated.