We really had no choice, Zaatar is something we grew up with and had no choice but to eat. Our mother told us:

‘Zaatar is good for you’
‘Zaatar makes you big and strong’ our favourite was,
‘Zaatar makes you SMART!’

Continually we were told of the wonders that was, Zaatar. In not too long, we considered Zaatar to be our Middle Eastern Vegemite.

In the Levant, there is a belief that za'atar makes the mind alert and the body strong. For this reason, children are encouraged to eat a za'atar sandwich for breakfast before an exam or before school.

Swedenburg, Ted (2003). Memories of revolt: the 1936-1939 rebellion and the Palestinian national past. University of Arkansas Press. Page 59.

Zaatar consists of a blend of Thyme, Sesame seed, organo, sumac, salt and other spices.

In its simplest form, you add the Zaatar mix to a little bit of oil, throw that on some bread, and BANG, the ultimate snack.

Many will argue infact, that Zaatar is the main ingredient of what really was ‘the world’s first pizza’. The most common of peasant food, Zaatar was cheap and readily found itself on top of baked flatbread.

How can you not love Zaatar, it’s so versatile!

Throw it in a salad
Garnish a dip with it
It goes well in your cooking
On its own is a treat in itself!

So you see there is no choice, it is the first and will be the last…..