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looking for zaatar?

linz Apr 22, 2007 06:35 PM

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!

  1. crispypork Apr 23, 2007 06:26 PM

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

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      foodfan Apr 23, 2007 11:18 AM

      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. Robert Lauriston Apr 23, 2007 10:32 AM

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

        1. mmerino Apr 23, 2007 08:09 AM

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

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            Gary Soup Apr 23, 2007 08:19 AM

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

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              bernalgirl Apr 23, 2007 07:57 PM

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

          2. andytee Apr 22, 2007 10:14 PM

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

            1. Cynsa Apr 22, 2007 09:36 PM

              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
                celeste Apr 23, 2007 05:35 PM

                I haven't noticed it at Rainbow.

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                Nancy Berry Apr 22, 2007 09:15 PM

                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

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                  tranewreck Apr 22, 2007 09:10 PM

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

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                  1. re: tranewreck
                    linz Apr 22, 2007 09:11 PM

                    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
                      bernalgirl Apr 23, 2007 07:56 PM

                      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.

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                      wolverine61 Apr 22, 2007 07:20 PM

                      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. Gary Soup Apr 22, 2007 06:55 PM

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


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