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looking for zaatar?

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just moved to sf recently. i'm looking for a place where i can buy bulk spices especially zaatar (i know they sell zaatar at boulette's larder but it's way overpriced). thanks!

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  1. Here's a thread from a couple of years ago that might help.


    1. You might check with the halal stores around San Pablo and University in Berkeley.
      I once tried a number of places for ras al hanout. I was told by one of the shop keepers
      that it would be hard to find since each family had its own recipe So if all else fails:

      * 1/4 cup sumac
      * 2 tablespoons thyme
      * 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
      * 2 tablespoons marjoram
      * 2 tablespoons oregano
      * 1 teaspoon coarse salt

      Grind the sesame seeds in food processor or with mortar and pestle. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

      Store in a cool, dark place in a plastic zip bag or in an airtight container. When stored properly, the spice mixture can be used from 3-6 months.

      1. Parkside (Taraval and 16th) still carries zaatar as does the market on Irving and 23rd.

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        1. re: tranewreck

          thanks! but i'm ALSO looking for good places in general to buy bulk spices, teas, etc. and not just middle eastern food (though i will check out those markets)

          1. re: tranewreck

            Are you sure you don't mean 22nd & Irving? That's the one with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern items (including raw olives and green walnuts in season and a nice selection of kefir cheeses). 23rd & Irving is an Asian market.

          2. There is an excellent spice company in Petaluma called WholeSpice that sells a number of Middle Eastern spice mixes, including zaatar (they spell it zahtar.) Here's a link:


            You can order online and pick the spices up at the store in Petaluma or have them shipped for a fee. You can also call in an order -- the spices are ground to order:


            Here's the address:

            STORE ADDRESS
            1364 North McDowell Blvd. Suite 20
            Petaluma CA 94954

            1. Haig's at 642 Clement Street sells zaatar and sumac...

              I wonder if Rainbow Grocery might have it in their bulk bins?
              1745 Folsom Street at 13th Street (also known as Division)

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              1. re: Cynsa

                I haven't noticed it at Rainbow.

              2. Samirami's in the Mission will have it, several kinds to choose from actually.

                1. cost plus always has little jars of it if youre not into making your own...

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                  1. re: mmerino

                    I hadn't noticed that, but I'm not surprised. CPWM is one of the most under-appreciated resources around.

                    1. re: Gary Soup

                      The underappreciated part is what makes me hesitant to buy spices there -- I always wonder about the rate of turnover.

                  2. Best prices on spices is probably at Rainbow Grocery. Turnover's high so they're probably fresher than most places.

                    1. There is a vendor at the San Rafael FM that blends and packages her own spices. Kind of pricey, I think I paid $5 for a small pouch of zaatar but it is very fresh and tasty. Small is ok, I don't go through it that quickly ~

                      1. Penzey's (penzeys.com) also carries it. They aren't local but they got it.