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As Summer comes to end and Autumn starts to mark territory, the fields of our mountains become filled with elders looking for wild thyme. This herb that grows among the hills and mountains of Lebanon are collected to be dried and ground into a powder to store for winter.
A bit earlier during the Summer’s heat the tangy Sumac had been taken care of. The sticky berries growing on small trees in the mountain are carefully collected as they turn into a bright red color to be treated similarly to thyme as it dries in the sun, for the branches to be shaken, letting the berries fall off and then pounded into a powder.
Not much more is needed to create the famous Zaatar mix now used in as many westernrecipes as middle eastern and can also be enjoyed with just some bread at any time of the day. If you’re trying to finally balance the different flavors brought together by the spices, this is the recipe you need.
Preparation Time: 15min
Serves : 270 g