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Why Palestinians invest in zaatar and honey

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture's incentives have boosted production of zaatar and honey, two traditional Palestinian products.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Ibrahim Abu Freina, a Palestinian farmer from the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, heads out to his 10 acres of land every morning to check on his crop of zaatar, popularly known as wild thyme.

Abu Freina, 35, boasts of being the first farmer in the Gaza Strip to grow and produce zaatar, which is often used to make the condiment that goes by the same name. He started planting the herb two years ago.

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