Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that is commonly used in cooking and as a condiment. The blend typically includes dried herbs such as thyme, oregano, and marjoram, mixed with toasted sesame seeds, salt, and sumac (a tangy, lemony spice).
Za'atar is often used as a seasoning for meats, vegetables, and bread, or as a topping for dips and spreads like hummus or labneh. It is also sometimes mixed with olive oil and used as a marinade or dipping sauce.
The flavor of za'atar is a complex mix of savory, earthy, and tangy notes, with a slightly nutty flavor from the sesame seeds. It is a popular spice blend in many countries in the Middle East and Mediterranean, and is known for its health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant effects.