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Apr 22, 2007 06:35 PM

looking for zaatar?

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.