Terra Rossa’s Zaatar – also known as za’atar, or zatar – is the quintessential Arabian seasoning. Made primarily with wild Levantine thyme, the za’atar will bring a taste of the exotic Middle East to your dishes. Nutty, fragrant and with subtle aniseed flavours, zaatar seasoning is wonderful with chicken, white fish and lamb. This zaatar spice mix is also great to sprinkle over hummus and yoghurt to make easy dips.
Terra Rossa’s founder, Hanan Samara, has created a beautiful range of spices and sauces based on the Middle Eastern flavours from her childhood. Hanan was born in Iraq to Palestinian parents and exiled to the UK In 1969. Terra Rossa is the Latin name for ‘red soil’, and the Romans’ biblical name for the Levant area of the Middle East with its distinctive coloured earth – spreading across Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.
Today Hanan travels to Jordan twice a year to meet with the master spice blender at her favourite spice market. They taste the spices together to ensure the flavours are consistent year round, adjusting the recipe a little every time. In a milder year, they might use a touch more of the stronger Palestinian za’atar or wild thyme. And in a different season, perhaps more of the milder Jordanian za’atar. Hanan then uses these spices to make Terra Rossa’s sauces in the UK, with flavours inspired by her heritage. Their spice blends and sauces win Great Taste Awards year after year.
Ingredients: roasted thyme (27%), sesame seeds, sumac, oil, salt. Allergy advice: Allergens are listed in bold.
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