About Us

Eat more of a good thing.

About Us

My Mediterranean homeland has an apricot sun, a globe that deepens to orange just before it sets. I grew up under that vibrant sun, cooking warm, flavorful home recipes handed down for generations. Now my family can bring you our naturally healthy and flavorful seasonings and sauces, calibrated to fuel your active lifestyle! Prepared in small batches and precisely crafted, so you can relax and savor your own little taste of the Mediterranean. 

Come see us in person at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market, find a store near you, or Shop this site to place your order.

Special thanks to our business partners:
– Business development/ Strategy- Phil Luzius @philluzius
– Photography- Michael Durr @michaeldurr.com
– Graphic design- Tony Fannin @tfannin.com
– Creative writing- Elisabeth Kennedy, PhD


Marlen Wensel

Marlen Wensel is a food scientist with a passion for creating artisanal spice blends and sauces through her family business, Apricot Sun. Marlen enjoys sharing the flavors of her heritage in vibrant new foods that delight and nourish.

Marlen’s journey began as a child in Jordan, growing up with unique flavors passed down for generations in her family. Coming to the USA gave her strong scientific training, wider horizons, and a fresh audience for her cooking. A Master’s degree in Food Science at Drexel University led to a career path of quality assurance in the food and beverage industry. She worked for years gaining extensive experience in food safety and regulatory compliance at Nestle USA, ConAgra Foods, and Weston Foods- Canada. 

2017, Marlen invested in her dream to establish a food business. She launched Apricot Sun and began selling fresh Mediterranean meals at farmer’s markets. Her updated versions of Middle Eastern classic dishes delivered intricate layers of flavor using artful seasonings- not sugar or artificial additives.

2019, mixed authentic spices to make the versatile Zaatar seasoning, the first producer of Zaatar in Indiana. Seasonings product line- Savory Zaatar, Spicy Zaatar, Baba’s Pepper, Sumac. 

2021, registered biz as a Woman Owned business.

March 2024, launched the original Charcuterie Board Sauce in 4 flavors- Savory & Zesty, Spicy & Saucy, Garlic & Herb, and Nutty & Crunchy.  Available in retail jars and in tubs for Food Service. 

Working with talented mentors and partners over the years has taught Marlen that the best outcomes come from creative collaboration. She welcomes partnership for innovation and growth!