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Sep 3, 2009 01:59 PM

Where to buy Za'atar?

I'm looking for a place to buy za'atar either in downtown Toronto or up near Markham HWY 7 area. If you've bought this in either of these areas please share ... Thanks :)

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  1. I have bought it from Spice Trader on Queen St. East and House of Spice in Kensington Market. The latter being cheaper than the former.

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    1. re: Hmm

      You could probably find it at Ararat (Avenue Road north of Melrose) or Nasr Foods, but since neither is downtown or in Markham, I'd suggest making your own. It will taste more fresh than any packaged or bulk item you find at either of those two places. Find a simple recipe online and mix your own dried herbs and spices.

      1. re: Hmm

        Spice Trader is on Queen West, not East, and they do indeed have za'atar.

      2. I found it at Longo's, in Markham on their specialty spice rack.

        1. There are different blends of za'tar actually, you might have to try a few and figure out which one you like.
          Myself I prefer the tangier, moist looking, olive green ones over the more yellow which I believe have anise or fennel in them?

          People and families in different regions of the middle east take great pride in making their own so there is much variation there.

          There is nothing worse than stale za'tar so make sure it's fresh and vibrant. With a good flatbread and some fruity olive oil... heaven.

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            1. Akram's in Kensington Market