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  • Burlap & Barrel Za'atar Single Origin Spice Blend

Za'atar Single Origin Spice Blend

Article number: 208025
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Grown and blended in Palestine, this delicious spice mix offers a symphony of savory, nutty and tart flavors. This mix tastes of tradition, crafted with love and passion to share a rich culture. Add this blend to oil as a bread dip or for roasting veggies

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  • Origin: Ein Samiya, Palestine 
  • 1.6oz (45g) glass container  
  • Process: Dried, ground and blended  
  • Ingredients: Za'atar, toasted sesame seeds, sumac, salt, citric acid 
  • Tasting notes: mountain herbs, toasted sesame, tradition

Buralp & Barrel Sourcing Information 

Za'atar is a blend named after its key ingredient, a Levantine species of oregano that flourishes in the region's characteristic arid conditions. 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.

Burlap & Barrel is able to share this za'atar because of the expertise, persistence and creativity of more people than you probably realize — they assembled a scrappy team of farmers, millers, entrepreneurs, freight forwarders and at least one father-in-law who pieced together a whole supply chain. It represents a shared pride and passion for their land, its people and their culture. 

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."

This za'atar was cultivated by a family in the hills outside of Ramallah using artisanal and organic methods, including collecting limited rainwater to grow the za'atar plants. Like many Palestinians, they are denied access to the aquifers beneath their feet and must practice water-saving techniques to grow their traditional crops.

When the herb's fuzzy, heart-shaped leaves are ready for harvest throughout the summer, they are hand-picked by farmers who learned their craft from their parents and grandparents and cultivate the same land, rare in a place where many farming families have had their land taken away from them.

After harvest, the za'atar is dried and then ground at a local mill. Careful stone milling of the za'atar leaves before blending is essential to create the distinctive light, fluffy texture of real Palestinian za'atar. The ground leaves are precisely blended with roasted local sesame seeds and tart, purple sumac, which grow in Silwad and the eastern areas of Ramallah.

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