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Zaatar Marjoram Seeds

Zaatar Marjoram Seeds

The Popular Middle Eastern Spice -- Aromatic and Delectable!

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item # 01331-PK-P1

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This is the new spice you MUST add to your garden this season! Widely used in the Middle East (especially Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel, where it is native) to flavor meats and breads, it is a wonderfully heady, richly scented and 'spicy' seasoning that combines the flavors of Marjoram, Oregano, and Thyme. Easy to grow on deer-resistant plants in poor to average soil, it makes a nice perimeter planting for the herb garden.

A member of the Origanum family, Zaatar Marjoram is actually closer in flavor to a mild Thyme than to the Sweet Marjoram with which we are familiar in this country. It is commonly used to season grilled mutton, and is also added to breads. Highly aromatic, it is the key ingredient of a popular spice blend of the same name in Jordan; in Israel, a similar blend also relies on Zaatar. If you eat or want to try Middle Eastern cuisine, Zaatar Marjoram is a key ingredient!

Zaatar is easy to grow and quite ornamental. The plant reaches about 3 feet high and wide, topped with flowerspikes that are also used (along with the leaves) in seasoning. It blooms in late spring to early summer, and actually prefers poor to only moderately fertile soil, preferably alkaline (lime-based). It also does well in containers -- just give it plenty of sunshine, very little if any fertilizer, and it's on its way in no time!

The opportunity to add a new seasoning to our repertoire is rare indeed, and Zaatar will be a fine conversation starter as well as a point of interest in the garden. All your friends who garden and/or cook will want a sprig of this plant to try, so plant a few extra and enjoy even more spicy fragrance and great flavor this summer and for months to come! Hardy in zones 8-10, but grown as an annual everywhere else. Pkt is 100 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 2 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Easy, attractive, delicious
AZZenny - dedicated home gardener from AZ wrote on April 04, 2015

In Israel and much of the middle-east, 'Zaatar' refers to an herb blend, always with sesame seed and salt, and often thyme and oregano are used instead of, or to 'extend' whatever real Zaatar is in it, because wild Zaatar has become scarce from over-harvesting. Great on fresh hot pita, with cream cheese or sour cream, on many vegetables, as a rub on lamb... But I really don't understand how the plant can be 'scarce': Anyone can grow it, and NOTHING bothers it. It self-seeds easily, and in part-sun with regular watering it can get pretty aggressive and spread over 2-3 years, so needs to be kept in check. I have it in both full sun and part-shade with equal success. It gets regular irrigation, but the dry intervals don't bother it, Arizona's insane summer heat doesn't bother it, nor do mild/brief freezes; it's very disease-resistant (including nematodes) and completely insect-free. The herb grows into a beautiful 12-18 inch tall, willowy gray-green mound within two years - draping over a wall or container edge very nicely. There's another herb, Thymbra Spicata, called 'poor man's' or 'Lebanese' Zaatar that is even hardier in terms of near-total drought resistance once established; it looks more like a small rosemary with woody, twisted trunks, short dark green needles, small fuschia flowers - with nice, upright symmetrical spikes - flavor is a little harsher than true Zaatar, but great plant in a xeric hot, full-sun garden.

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What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

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How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

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What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
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What depth should I sow various seeds?
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