The za’atar seasoning mix is very popular in the Middle East. Recipes may vary, but the most common base ingredients are Syrian oregano, fragrant lemon balm, thyme, savory, sumac or terebinth fruits. Some of these herbs help with proper digestion. Salt is often added to za’atar as well. The taste is quite specific; for example, I can sense a strong smoky flavor in it.
Za’atar was one of the things I wanted to bring home from Israel. I was even more delighted when I received it as a small gift with a Jerusalem bagel purchased at a small bakery. The bakers simply called za’atar “salt.”
Accommodation in Jerusalem
You can get accommodation for a great price at the Post Hostel a short walk from Jerusalem's Old City. The rooms are clean, the breakfasts are tasty, and the view from the terrace is nice. One of the most cost-effective accommodations in Jerusalem. The last time I stayed here was in November 2022 and I was very satisfied.