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Oregano Zaatar

11 reviews

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 Oregano Zaatar Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Origanum syriaca

Oregano Za’atar is a small, woody perennial growing to about 40cm and with the ability to spread widely from 1-2 meters. It has a semi upright growth habit, with soft downy green-grey leaves. They are deeply veined and are distinctly heart shaped with the wide end towards the base. It has white flower heads shaped like cones. This herb grows naturally in Israel, Jordan and surrounding countries.

Za’atar is the Arabic name for Oreganum syriacum and the plant has a long history, including recorded use in Ancient Egypt. It may go by many other names including Wild Za’atar, Wild Middle Eastern Oregano, Wild Thyme, Lebanese Oregano, Majoram syriaca, and Ezov. Bible Hyssop is another name used but this is a name used for many plants in this region.

Confusingly, Za’atar is also a name used for more than one type of herb plant in the Middle East. It is also a name given to blends that contain a majority of za’atar or Origanum syriacum. Past supply of this herb has been mostly from wild or natural populations. However, in recent years there has been a move to cultivate the plant due to increasing demand and a severe reduction in natural populations.

There are many different varieties of oregano, each with different characteristics and culinary uses. Oregano also has powerful healing properties including use as a painkiller, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory.

Please see our description of Common Oregano and our other Oregano Varieties for more information.

Growing Conditions

Oregano za’atar prefers full sun conditions but can tolerate a little shade. It requires a well drained soil, but can tolerate a range of soil conditions due to the tendency towards poorer soils in its native Mediterranean habitat. Dryness is tolerated and water requirements are average to low, but extra moisture in hot summers is appreciated. Za’atar is considered a fast to medium grower and is very hardy. It also does well in a container and trails over the edge nicely.

Medicinal Uses

Oregano za’atar contains carvacrol a terpenoid similar to thymol that acts to inhibit certain kinds of bacteria, by eroding the cells walls of the bacteria. In older times, such as during the Lebanese civil war, za’atar was consumed to make the mind more alert and the body strong. However, this may have been a product of limited food availability as much as actual belief.

Culinary Uses

Oregano za’atar is said to be one of the tastiest oregano like herbs and it is a keystone herb in the Middle East. Za’atar is also a name used for several spice and herb blends, as well as just the herb itself. Its use may depend on which mix you intend to use and it is best to check contents as many herbs go by the name za’atar in the Middle East. The herb is used extensively in Middle Eastern countries and is becoming popular in other countries due to its bold, spicy flavour and strong aroma. Common uses include flavouring hommus, dips and soups. However, za’atar may be used in salads, with olive oil, garlic and other herbs on sough dough or flat bread, with eggs or on simple pizzas. The herb may be used fresh or dried and is often mixed with sesame seed, sumac seed and salt to create a blend. To harvest this herb fresh, collect the stems when they are 6-10cm tall.

 

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can either return your order for a full refund or exchange it for online store credit.

Find out more about our Returns information.

Customer Reviews
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Filter Reviews:
    NK
    09/18/2020
    Nikki K.
    Australia Australia
    My favourite Herb Nursery.

    If like me you like to expand outside the usual, this is the nursery for you. A wonderful selection of plants, knowledgable staff (who are happy to give advice). Plants are well packaged when posted. I thoroughly recommend them and if you get the chance to visit do so.

    Mudbrick Herb Cottage Oregano Zaatar Review
    LS
    09/12/2020
    Louise s.
    Australia Australia
    Oregano

    Arrived looking okay and all died within days

    JR
    08/22/2020
    Janet R.
    Australia Australia
    Oregano Zaatar

    Good quality tubestock plant. Thank you.

    KW
    07/10/2020
    Kylee W.
    Australia Australia
    Great service

    I recently purchased Oregano Zaatar from Herb Cottage. Their service was fabulous and my plant arrived nice and healthy with a lovely home made tag attached. Thankyou!

    A
    10/05/2019
    Anonymous
    Fast shipping, very personal service

    Thank you for offering this original form of Zaatar, very hard to find elsewhere. Seamless service