Za’atar/Syrian Oregano

Origanum syriacum

Sometimes called “Syrian oregano”, this potent oregano is a popular herb (fresh or dried) for seasoning soups, sauces, salads, stuffing, stews, roasts, vegetables, and meats. Dried leaves may be added to potpourris. Za’atar is not only a common name for this plant, but is also the name of a seasoning preparation (consisting of dried/crushed leaves plus sesame seeds, ground sumac berries, salt, and pepper), which is exceedingly popular in the Middle East. Za’atar is often baked into the crust of pita bread. Yummo!

Water: Moderate to Dry

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Herbaceous aromatic perennial herb to 2.5' tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moderately rich, well-draining soil

Origin: Syria, Israel, Jordan

Za’atar/Syrian Oregano