Zattar spices: Ever make your own?

My mouth waters thinking of the zattar bread I've had at Marhaba in Lambertville, New Jersey. And, the dish of zattar spices put on the table like a plate of salt at Zahav in Philly. Not to mention the zattar used generously at Mimi's Hummus in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

Which leads me to my question: have you ever made your own zattar spices? Seems to be an easy thing to do: a mixture of sesame seeds, a green spice and....sumac. What is sumac and where do you get it?

While were at it, what is the proper spelling (I've seen 'zattar', 'za'atar', and 'zaatar', among others)? And the proper pronunciation?


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