Thyme, Zaatar, زعتر او سعتر او صعتر is the Arabic term for a plant that belongs to the genera Origanum specifically to the herb that is Origanum syriacum. Commonly called Lebanese oregano or Syrian oregano, Origanum syriacum is a bushy aromatic perennial evergreen herb.
Thyme is a general name given of plants of four genera Thymus, Satureja, Thymbra, Origanum members of the mint family Lamiaceae known for the aroma and flavor of its dried leaves and flowering tops.
The Thyme native to Mediterranean regions, is commonly used as one of the culinary herb spices for adding flavour and also with a long history of use for different medicinal purposes. The phenolic monoterpenes in thyme, thymol and carvacrol, are the primary compounds which contribute to the characteristic aroma of its essential oil. Both thymol and carvacrol have long been used in traditional medicine as expectorant, antiviral and antiseptic agents, mainly in the treatment of the upper respiratory system. Moreover, these compounds possess both antimicrobial and antispasmodic activities .Thyme essential oils are good candidates to use in prevention of neuroinflammation and related neurodegeneration.
The interest in Thyme has increased in recent years due to its economic, cultural, and functional importance particularly as a natural antioxidant and antimicrobial with potential use in the food industry this is in line with the preferences of the current consumer, who demands healthier and more natural products.
Zaatar is a popular herb (fresh or dried) used for seasoning soups, sauces, salads, stuffings, roasts, vegetables and meats. Zaatar is not only a common name for this plant, but is also the name of a prepared condiment. It consists of a mix mainly made from dried crushed leaves, toasted sesame seeds, ground sumac berries and salt. This is the most popular type of Zaatar around the Middle East and known in the making of Zaatar Manakish (populare Levantine food consisting of dough topped with zaatar and olive oil).The addition of different spices to the dried Zaatar mix varies from maker to another and from country to another.
Zaatar is now a demanded product nationally and internationally and one of the most consumed herbs in the Middle East and a main ingredient in the Lebanese diet.
Droubna farm, located in Sfaray (south of Beirut) at an average altitude of 520 m grows Zaatar Origanum syriacum in the ultimate conditions (ecosystem, location, cultivation, harvesting season, soil, temperature, humidity ) .Using traditional methods, the plant is harvested when in bloom then the clipped stems are dried in a well-ventilated shed room. From farm to fork we implement and monitor quality assurance measures to ensure and preserve all zaatar quality traits (flavours and color) and safety.
100% Lebanese, natural with no additives, colorants or artificial flavors, Droubna Premium Zaatar is characterized by a strong, pungent and astringent flavor, camphoraceous aroma with a pleasant greenish-gray color. It is a pure blend of finest and exquisite ingredients thyme (Origanum syriacum), roasted sesame seed, sumac and salt. Each of these ingredients is locally grown where Mediterranean climate and rich soil meet to offer the perfect conditions for the finest flavors.