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Hyssop from the Holy Land

Packet of seeds to grow this aromatic protected herb of Israel at home. Biblical hyssop is a strongly aromatic and flavorful herb that grows in the summer.

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Biblical Hyssop Seeds of the Holy Land for the Garden

Each purchase of Seeds from the Holy Land supports local farmers working the Land of Israel.

Origanum Syriacum (Hyssop) is an aromatic perennial herb in the mint family, Lamiaceae. The name hyssop can be traced back almost unchanged through the Greek hyssopus and Hebrew esov, meaning "holy herb". Because of high demand, Biblical Hyssop has become an endangered plant in Israel and is illegal to pick in the wild. In the Levant, there is a belief that hyssop makes the mind alert and the body strong.

It is a strongly aromatic and flavorous herb which when ground and combined with olive oil, sesame, garlic and salt forms a trditional spice mix called za'atar. Za'atar is a staple of nearly all cuisines of the Middle East, including Israeli food. It was commonly part of the Mediterranean meal in the first century, as it remains today.

Flowering Period:  April to September

Planting: Plant prefers full sun and sandy soil and sparse watering.

Hardy to 20 degrees F, or bring indoors for winter. It will grow in a bright window.

Bible References:

"...slay the Passover lamb. You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning." Exodus 12:21-22

"Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." Psalm 51:7

"A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips." John 19:29

Other Bible References:
Leviticus 14:4-6, Hebrews 9:19, Exodus 12:22, Leviticus 14:49-52, Numbers 19:6, Numbers 19:18, Kings 4:33

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