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By Ghillie Basan

Published 2019

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‘Zahtar’ is the Arabic word for thyme, which grows wild in the hills of the eastern Mediterranean region. It is also the word for this tasty spice mix prepared with dried thyme, ground sumac berries, roasted sesame seeds, and salt, which is particularly popular in Turkey, Syria, Israel and Lebanon. Some local versions also include ground chickpeas and nuts. At home, we always have a batch handy to sprinkle over cubes of feta drizzled in olive oil, or golden slices of fried halloumi, or roas