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Authentic spices: Za'atar needed

Leebird Jul 16, 2007 10:39 AM

I am almost done with my stash of za'atar I brought home from a trip to Israel. Where in NYC can I find some as fresh and as good (or nearly as good and preferably not from a jar) as the what I bought in the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. Homemade pita chips don't taste as good without the za'atar! Thanks!

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  1. MMRuth RE: Leebird Jul 16, 2007 10:42 AM

    Kalyustan's - I believe they have several varieties.

    123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      amarena1 RE: Leebird Jul 16, 2007 10:43 AM


      123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      1. ChefJune RE: Leebird Jul 16, 2007 10:45 AM

        Kalustyan's, of course, OR you could go Wed, Fri or Sat. to the Union Square Greenmarket and get a couple of fresh Za'atar plants from Oak Grove Plantation (the huge tent with the green and white stripes on 17th street). I'm enjoying what I've planted in my herb garden.

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          David W RE: ChefJune Jul 19, 2007 07:07 AM

          I picked up a plant yesterday (thanks)-but in looking it up, I see there is a plant and then there is a mix of thyme, sesame seed, marjoram and sumac...
          Anyone care to enlighten me?

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            RGR RE: David W Jul 19, 2007 08:01 AM

            Here's the explanation courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Za'atar

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              David W RE: RGR Jul 19, 2007 09:58 AM

              Gosh, I hope ChefJune and I don't incur a large fine from the za'atar police.
              I think it tastes like a hot version of oregano. Thanks.

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          RGR RE: Leebird Jul 16, 2007 10:46 AM

          Kalustyan's, on Lex, near 28th St., carries several types of za'atar, including an Israeli blend.

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            Leebird RE: Leebird Jul 16, 2007 10:56 AM

            Thanks all - I am off to Kalustyan's!

            1. Nosher RE: Leebird Jul 17, 2007 01:25 AM

              They always seem to have it at the Soho Dean & Deluca as well--I've bought it there for a dinner party.


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              1. MaspethMaven RE: Leebird Jul 19, 2007 10:13 AM

                Penzey's has a blend they call "Zatar." Maybe you can stop by their store in the Grand Central Market (onces the area is unfrozen from the Steam Pipe Explosion debacle), and take a whif.

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