According to the Food Lover's Companion, " za'atar " (which is pronouned "ZAH-tahr") is the following: .
1. A pungent, strongly aromatic herb with soft, dark green leaves. I…t's native to the Middle East and tastes like an amalgam of marjoram , oregano and thyme . In Arabic, za' atar means "thyme," and, to confuse matters, this herb is also called Syrian marjoram. 2. A popular, pungent Middle Eastern spice blend composed of toasted sesame seeds , dried thyme , dried marjoram and sumac . It's mixed with olive oil and salt and is drizzled over hot bread or used as a dip for bread. Za'atar (also spelled zahtar) is also sprinkled over meats and vegetables as a seasoning. It can be found at most Middle Eastern groceries. .
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