The Man who Cultivates Lebanon's Wild Herb
"When I saw the seeds, that I planted sprout out and I had a thyme plant, I cannot describe my joy."
Mohammad Ali Neimeh’s — better known as Abu Kassem — life revolves around Za’atar, Lebanon’s wild thyme plant. During the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon, he needed to change the way thyme was grown, out of fear he would be shot or shelled trying to get to his plants in the wild. The changes that he implemented have seen huge changes in the way that thyme is now grown in Lebanon.
This is his story.