Our Za'atar Spice Blend Quality Guarantee
Our Za'atar is mixed in small batches and using the most recent harvests of Za'atar, Sumac, and Sesame seeds.
About Tyme Foods
Tyme Foods is a recently formed company organized to offer delicious, authentic, and healthy foods from the Levant Mediterranean culinary heritage. To best satisfy our quality and transparency standards, we import ingredients and test and pack them per North American food processing,labeling, and accountability standards, at a licensed food facility in the state of Virginia, United States**.
One of our initial target products is Zaatar, which we think at some point will be the next Hummus in popularity because of its simplicity and many flavorful uses. Tyme Foods is the exclusive packer and distributor in the United States and Canada for the Zaatar Zawtar farming cooperative in Lebanon. The cooperative has been perfecting the sustainable and organic cultivation of the mainstay Zaatar herb (also referred to as Syrian Oregano/Wild thyme/Biblical Hyssop) ingredient of Zaatar (the mixture) for about 20 years. This native Zaatar plant is grown from seeds of wild zaatar herb found on mountainous hills of Southern Lebanon (jabal Amel) and offers intense flavors, due to factors including its high essential oil content (up to 40 grams per kg ( or 4%), as compared to 1 to 12 g per kg in thymes of other regions)
Importantly, the cooperative applies a labor-intensive washing and sifting process (by hand and using sifters) which distills only the smaller leaves (versus stems and twigs) of the wild thyme plant that are more tender and flavorful. Additional processing such as an air blower process rids the leaves of cottony velvety layer which enhances purity and flavor.
The heritage of Za'atar, dating back to thousands of years is not without good reason. It is wonderful food for its simplicity, goodness, and flavor and we're passionate about making great quality Za'atar easily accessible here in the United States and Canada.
As discussed in the About Zaatar page, not all “Zaatar” is Zaatar, so to speak. The qualities, choices, and proportions of the ingredients vary widely. We invite you to try our honest and Gluten-Free Zaatar Mix or our high essential oil content zaatar leaves for tea making and health benefits. We also invite you to browse our web pages including recipes using zaatar spice mix, and stories about the heritage of zaatar. Sincerely,
Elaine Shadid, Founder
Great Falls, Virginia, USA
Returns and Refunds
If within 30 days of receiving your order, you are not satisfied with the product, we accept returns in exchange for a full refund less shipping charges. For example, and within the USA, shipping charges that would be deducted from the refund, range from $3 for one 8 OZ pouch of Zaatar and increase about $3 for every additional 8 OZ. weight. To initiate a return, please reach us via our contact page, or call us at 1-888-345-7773.
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