Guest recipe courtesy of Palestine in a Dish
Za’tar is a very popular herb that is greatly used in so many recipes in Palestine. One of the most popular is the dried ground za’atar mixed with some spices and sesame and dipped in bread with olive oil, or sprinkled over chicken and salads. That is the one that is becoming so popular in the US.
We grew up eating za’atar and olive oil with pita bread almost on a daily basis. And just in the last few years there have been so many studies proving that za’atar has great health benefits, one of the most is helping the brain, something we grew up hearing, but occasionally doubted the authenticity of this statement, because we always thought our parents are trying to convince us to eat za’atar, since it’s one of the cheapest food and it’s always available at home. But apparently, this statement was recently proved to be fully correct. And seems our ancestors knew the great health benefits of za’atar before even any scientic studies were conducted.