Zaatar (hyssop herb mix) story and research articles food heritage

For the Love of Thyme – Six-minute film documentary on sustainability and cultivation of the wild zaatar herb in Lebanon

For the Love of Thyme – Six-minute film documentary on sustainability and cultivation of the wild zaatar herb in Lebanon

The film was produced for a cultural and heritage of Lebanon exhibition by a gifted producer Nay Aoun.  It brings Lebanon beyond the cities to life in a way we don't often see. In the context of protecting the land and the zaatar herb plant (wild thyme), it’s a story of enterprising, faith, love, and beauty of people and the region.  It also touches on tangled conflicts in the Middle East and particularly Lebanon and contains personal perspectives.

Mr. Neimeh is the director of the Zaatar Zawtar Agricultural Cooperative in South of Lebanon. Tyme Foods LLC is the exclusive distributor for the cooperative in North America.

"Thyme Travels" by Alia Ynis and photographer Tor Eigeland - our favorite story about zaatar spice and dip food heritage

"Thyme Travels" by Alia Ynis and photographer Tor Eigeland - our favorite story about zaatar spice  and dip food heritage

A well done story in the cultural Aramco World on the culinary and cultural heritage of zaatar by a most gifted writter. It's an enjoyable documentary that journey's from zaatar cultivation in Southern Lebanon to spice shops and restaurants through out the Middle East and ends up all the way in the American plains at Sanaa's restaurant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Our favorite article on the zaatar food and heritage - a most enjoyable read

Identification of biblical hyssop and origin of the traditional oregano-group herbs in Mediterranean region

Identification of biblical hyssop and origin of the traditional oregano-group herbs in Mediterranean region

Can't say we exhausted the search in the academic circles about the zaatar food, but this paper is one of our favorites written by two agricultural engineering professors and packs a lot of appreciation and information about the zaatar plant and the oregano thyme species

Review: 'zaatar-a-spice-mix-with-biblical-roots-and-brain-food-reputation'

Review: 'zaatar-a-spice-mix-with-biblical-roots-and-brain-food-reputation'

Well done and short story about zaatar in the Food History and Culture pages of National Public Radio website.  During a trip to Damascus, the writer encounters zaatar in a bazzar and also at a flat bread fast food stand. He tries it and loves it and writes back NPR food writers inquiring "Where does za'atar come from? How long has it been around? What is in it?" and is it brain food?"