Mohamad Nehme, known as Abou Kassem, is one of the first few Lebanese farmers who domesticated “Zaatar”, wild thyme plant – Origanum syriacum – which is usually collected in the wild. Through natural selection, Abou Kassem was gradually able to breed his own thyme plants with desirable traits.
Though specializing in Zaatar production, Abou Kassem also cultivates sage and lavender and produces distillates and essence oils from these aromatic plants. He also has a wide variety of products such as dry sumac, roasted sesame seeds and dry zaatar flowers.
You can get Abou Kassem’s products at the Food Heritage Foundation’s outlet at Zico House, Spears everyday from 9 am to 4 pm!