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The power of thyme to tap into memory was a significant factor in Aziz's decision to dive into an industry in which he had no prior experience. Aziz grows and dries zaatar, before mixing it into different blends with a variety of other natural produce, such as nuts and "superfoods". He wraps these in packages he designed himself, for sale under the name of his business: The Good Thymes. Some of the monastery's lands are now carpeted with Aziz's zaatar.So Aziz took on freelance design work, on top of his full-time job, to finance his business.The monastery wasn't keen to lease land to Aziz, arguing too that he lacked experience – even though the land had lain fallow for at least 40 years. Emile Issa, a land-loving military man from the same region, wasn't a natural first choice. But Issa was persistent and Aziz eventually hired him. Despite mounting orders, Aziz is determined to control the reins of both his project and his life – and will not jeopardize the quality, attention to detail and steadfast values at the core of his business.
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