Wild Thyme (Zaatar)
While the term zaatar is commonly used as the name for the popular Lebanese spice blend, it is also the Arabic name for this wild thyme which grows in Lebanon and the Middle East. As a wild herb it has a stronger, more pungent flavour than standard thyme, and it also has notes of oregano in its character. In its home region it is used as the base for zaatar spice blend, as well as being used by itself to give a bold herby flavour to many dishes, and it works especially well on grilled foods. It matches very well with lemon and also sumac, and used like this is good for those who have a nut allergy and can’t use zaatar spice blend because of the sesame it usually contains. It also makes an interesting alternative to oregano used in Mediterranean dishes such as the Greek lemon roast chicken. Highly recommended!!