Zaatar is an aromatic perennial herb in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is a preferred primary ingredient in the spice mixture za'atar, and the plant may also be called za'atar. Soft gray-green leaves on plants with a semi-upright habit. Flavor combines those of sweet marjoram, thyme and oregano. Zaatar is a sources of the antiseptic essential oil known as carvacrol, which inhibits bacteria by eroding the bacteria cell wall. So precious is this herb that, in Palestine and in the regions thereabout, Arabs will send out foraging parties to gather it. Also known as ezov, Majorana syriaca, bible hyssop, Biblical-hyssop, Lebanese oregano and Syrian oregano. Tags: Color: Green, Season: Summer.
Native to the Mediterranean, where it has flavored meals for thousands of years. Biblically Zaatar is described as a small plant found on or near walls with an aromatic odor. Native to the mountains of northern Israel, naturalized to the Mediterranean. Traditionally used in cleansing rituals, sprinkling of water infused with zaatar. In Modern Hebrew, it is called ezov, and it may have been the ezov of Classical Hebrew. In many English translations of the Bible, ezov is rendered as hyssop, hence the common name bible hyssop. However, in English, hyssop generally refers to a different plant. In Egypt, Origanum syriacum subsp. sinaicum is a very rare plant grown on stony grounds in Sinai Peninsula including the coastal Mediterranean strip. From the conservation point of view it is an endangered plant. Delicious zaatar recipes