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Four Reasons Why You Need Zahtar In Your Life

Zahtar Roasted Sweet Potatoes Courtesy of Shoshie Steinhart,


There are hundreds of ways to make it and hundreds of ways to use it. There are even lots of different ways to spell it! It’s zahtar, the new “it spice” for savvy foodies, and it’s showing up everywhere from pita and pizza to matzah balls and cocktails.

Now that the word is out, home cooks will want to know all about the tangy, crave-worthy flavor everyone’s talking about. Pereg, the leading purveyor of all-natural exotic spices, has the lowdown.

First of all, what is zahtar? This collection of herbs and spices (sometimes spelled za’atar, zatar, zaa’tar, zahatar, and zatar) has been a staple of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. Base ingredients usually include hyssop, sesame seeds, oregano, marjoram, and salt. Like chicken soup or curry, there are countless variations. The way it’s made depends on where the maker’s roots are. Some families keep their recipes “top secret.”

Here’s everything you need to know about this trend-setting taste sensation.

Pereg zahtar is a blend of 100 percent pure hyssop, parsley, sesame seeds, ground chickpeas, coriander, salt, and olive oil. All ingredients are fresh, natural, gluten free, vegan, and OU kosher-certified.

Now that you know all about this trendy “magic dust,” it’s time to give it a try!

Zahtar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of Shoshie Steinhart,



  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place sweet potato wedges in a mixing bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons oil and 2 teaspoons zahtar over and coat the potatoes well. (Reserve the rest of the oil and zahtar for dressing).
  3. Place potatoes on baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes. Meanwhile mix together the remaining oil and zahtar and honey in a bowl. Drizzle over the potatoes before serving, when the potatoes are still warm from the oven.

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