Zaatar (Origanum syriacum), packet of 50 seeds, organic

$3.95

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 8 to 12.  May be grown as an annual, 90 days to harvest.

(Wild Middle-Eastern Oregano, Ezov, Majorana syriaca) Evergreen perennial native to the Middle East.  This is a spicy smelling and tasting oregano-like herb that is the keystone herb in the condiment “Zaatar or Zaatari,” which is used quite frequently by people living in the Middle East. You mix the dried and powdered herb with various other ingredients–garlic, salt, olive oil, crushed sumac seeds, etc and use it on bread.  Quite delicious and habit forming in a good way. Plant prefers full sun and sandy, fast-draining soil. Makes an abundant crop of leaves and flower bracts in the first growing season.  Standard culture–barely cover seeds and keep moist, warm and in the light until germination.  Very good gardeners will be able to direct-seed them in a prepared seedbed.  The rest of us will start them in greenhouse or windowsill, grow them on in pots and place to garden 1 foot apart once the soil has really warmed up.  The plants are small but potent.

50 Seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

 

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  1. Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    From a gardening friend:  “I wanted to send you additional confirmation that your source of Zaatar is authentic. I bought some plants for a friend who grew up as a goat herder on one of Israel’s first settlement kibbutzim and he was familiar with the herb and its prevalent use among the Palestinians. I watched expectantly as he brushed the leaves and inhaled. He lifted his head, gave a knowing smile and said, “It smells like the Holy Land”.”

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