Burlap & Barrel's spectacular Za'ataris grown and blended in Palestine, where it has been a staple seasoning, topping and condiment for as long as recorded history. The name za'atar refers to both the herb itself (a relative of oregano) and the classic blend where the herb is ground and mixed with sesame, sumac and salt. Use as a finishing spice, a seasoning to roast meat or vegetables, or as a dip mixed with fresh olive oil.
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.
We're able to share this za'atar because of the expertise, persistence and creativity of more people than you probably realize — we assembled a scrappy team of farmers, millers, entrepreneurs, freight forwarders and at least one father-in-law who pieced together a whole supply chain for you. It represents a shared pride and passion for their land, its people and their culture. When we talk about heirloom spices, this is what we're talking about.
The miller, Abu Ali, said, "We do this from our hearts out of love. Working in the mill bringing the smell of the za'atar in the air makes us all love our job even more. We want the world to know we love our culture and want to share the love of our culture by working hard daily just so we can bring joy into everyone’s home."
Tips for using Za'atar:
For a crisp dip, use Greek yogurt with a swirl of olive oil, flakey sea salt and a a sprinkle of Za'atar
Enjoy the combo of Nordic crisps, creme cheese, cucumber and a sprinkle of Za'atar
Spike your store bought hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and Za'atar
Sprinkle Za'atar on roasted vegetables and baked eggs.