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INTRODUCING! Zest of Za’atar
Discover the taste and be inspired! Za’atar is rapidly acquiring a dedicated following in North America for its fresh herb taste and inspiring zing.
More about Za’atar:
Za’atar, is Arabic for wild thyme and is common to Middle Eastern cooking. It is also spelled za’tar, zaatar, and zahtar.
Rarely sold as a single herb, it is usually packaged as a combination with thyme and sumac. The thyme gives it a elegant perfume and the sumac a slight lemony edge. The flavours work together beautifully. Za’atar often sold in a mix with sesame seeds and salt. Za’atar mixtures vary by country, variously containing paprika, hyssop (an aromatic minty plant), cumin, marjoram, oregano, savory, coriander or fennel seed. The one imported by Zatoun, made in Jenin area is the traditional Palestinian recipe.
Za’atar is served with bread and olive oil. Dip the bread in the oil and then the herb mix; or make a paste of the oil and herbs, brush it over bread or pita and grill for a few minutes. Pita bread already baked with a za’atar topping is available in bakeries. You can also enjoy za’atar sprinkled on ripe tomatoes or dusted over thick Middle East labaneh (a thickened yogurt almost cream cheese) or added to a yogurt-based vegetable dip. Za’atar is a great substitute or alternative to the better known and very pricey French “herbes de provence” in recipes for dishes like roasted chicken or lamb stew.
In their book, Politics of Food (2004), Lien and Nerlich explain how "Tastes, smells, plants and food are the anchors of memory, invoking a much wider context," noting that for Palestinian refugees, plants serve as signifiers of the house, village, and region from which they hailed. Marianne E. Lien, Brigitte Nerlich (2004). The Politics of Food. Berg Publishers, pp. 148, 149
Here is one such personal story of food in Palestine.
Of Zatar, Olive oil, and Mint Tea By Mike Odetalla
I could not wait to get home yesterday. My wife had called me and told me that a package from Palestine had arrived. I relish these “care” packages from my mother and brother in Palestine. They usually send me, amongst other things, pure, cold (more...)
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