Zaatar Mixes

Zaatar is a Lebanese traditional specialty food. Adonis Spices with its long experience and good manufacturing techniques reached her goal to globalize and promote this traditional Lebanese food throughout the international markets. With our skills and big effort we became specialized in all blends of Zaatar that are particular for every Middle Eastern country.

Spices Jars

We are providers of the highest quality, hand-selected, hand-prepared and sterilized spices. We offer a large variety of blends and spices. Our spices are ground fresh, so that we can offer the freshest possible product. Our ingredients come from high quality fresh leaves, seeds, flowers and beans with high oil contents to conserve their aroma.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are questions we are frequently asked. If you have a question that you don't see below, contact us and we would be happy to help.

When will my spices expire?

When stored in optimum conditions your spices may remain usable for several years, however see the list below for our general recommendations by product group.

Spices

36 Months

Herbs

36 Months

Condiments

12-36 Months

Zaatar

36 Months

What is the best way to store my spices?

The life of your spices can best be preserved by storing them in ideal conditions. These include dark, dry, and cool locations with limited exposure to sunlight, moisture, and heat. You may have noticed how pale your dried herbs on the countertop become after just a few months - sunlight will degrade the color and flavor of your spices! Avoid shaking spices out of the jar directly over a steaming pot - moisture and heat can encourage the growth of bacteria and mold! Other common, but inadvisable locations for storing spices include over the coffee pot, sink, or other heat and/or steam producing kitchen appliances. Temperature fluctuations can cause condensation, and eventually mold, so if you choose to store your herbs and spices in the refrigerator, return them promptly after use.

Why are my spices clumping?

Clumping may occur due to excessive moisture being introduced into your spice jar. Over time, the spices can become clumped together into a hardened clump which can be broken apart and used.

How fresh are Adonis Spices?

We pride ourselves on the freshness of our products, since we grind, blend and package them based on orders. This allows the product to maintain its freshness by not sitting in our warehouse ground and blended.

Are Adonis Spices products irradiated?

Adonis Spices does not irradiate any ingredient.

Which Adonis Spices products contain allergens?

Adonis Spices has an Allergen Control Program in place to control the 8 major food allergens designated by the Food Allergen Labelling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004* created by the Food & Drug Administration. The 8 major food allergens, which account for 90% of food allergies, are: soy, wheat, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. Adonis Spices uses none of these food allergens but wheat in our manufacturing facility. Few of our products do contains wheat and this is listed clearly in their ingredient statements.

Should I buy my spices whole or ground?

When you buy from Adonis Spices, you are getting great flavor either way because we grind to order. Spices begin to release their flavors as soon as you grind them, so freshly ground spices have more flavors. If you have a grinder and like to keep larger quantities of spice on hand it is ideal to grind them as you use them. If you go through your spices quickly - have us do the work! Just be sure to store them in airtight containers to keep those flavors fresh.

Can I freeze spices and herbs?

Spices and herbs should not be stored in the freezer. Freezing does not extend the shelf life of regularly used dried spices and herbs. If stored in the freezer and repeatedly removed for use, the bottles may develop condensation, which can accelerate loss of flavor and aroma.

Why are some of the bottles not completely full?

Adonis Spices are sold by weight, not volume. We use bottles that will hold the quantity (like 1 pound) that are not specific to the weight of each product. Spices also pack down, so as they pack down, the bottle will look less full.

What is the difference between a spice and an herb?

Spices and herbs are aromatic natural products that are used to flavor food. Spices are the dried seeds, buds, fruit or flower parts, bark, or roots of plants, usually of tropical origin. Herbs are the leaves and sometimes the flowers of plants, usually grown in a climate similar to the Mediterranean.

Are there general usage tips for spices?

Use a light hand when seasoning with herbs and spices. Your goal is to compliment your dish without crowding out the flavor of the food.

  • To release the flavor of dried herbs and spices, crumble them in your palm, or grind with a mortar and pestle, before adding them to your dish.
  • Lightly toasting whole spices in a dry skillet over medium heat before grinding will bring out even more flavor.
  • For long-cooking dishes, add whole spices during cooking to permeate the food, and add ground or cut herbs and spices an hour or less before serving. Finely crush dried herbs before adding to your dish…after measuring!
  • Black pepper, granulated garlic, salt and cayenne pepper are excellent "after cooking" seasonings.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment!

How do I measure fresh vs. dried spices and herbs in a recipe?

You can substitute fresh components as follows:

  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh herbs = 1teaspoon of Adonis dried herbs.
  • 1 Cup fresh onion = ½ cup dried Adonis Onion Powder.
  • 1 Clove of garlic = 1/8 teaspoon of Adonis Garlic Powder.
What steps and measures toward sustainability has Adonis Spices taken in order to maintain its business with minimal long-term effect on the environment?

Adonis Spices is committed to responsible business practices and exploring ways we can make our business more sustainable, including

  • Corrugated and white paper products wherever possible;
  • Recycling plastic wrap wherever possible to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills;
  • Actively conserving energy by shutting off computers and other appliances when not in use, and turning off lights when rooms are not occupied;

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