Za' atar (Isreali Blend)
Za'atar, is a Middle Eastern spice mix that is used generously from North Africa and into Turkey. As with many spice seasoning blends there are several variations depending on the overall region, village and down to the individual family. The staple ingredients are a simple mixture of marjoram, oregano and thyme and a variety of other spices and herbs may be added depending on the family recipe. Traditionally consumed with Arabic bread (the pita) which the pita is dipped in olive oil and then Za'atar. It is also commonly sprinkled over chicken, fish and vegetables. Some cooks swear that it brings out a spectacular flavor in any Mediterranean dish. This is a simple salt free version of a Israeli Za'atar that is hand blended from sesame seeds, coriander, sumac, thyme, cumin and black pepper.