About Us

Eat more of a good thing.

About Us

Our passion is for sharing the flavorful Mediterranean spices and dishes that are abundant in my home country Jordan, and to spread the awareness about healthy eating.

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 herbs & spices and heritage dishes, calibrated to fuel your active life. 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 to try our spices, or go to Shop to place your flavorful order!

Sahtein! (to your health!)

Graphic design- Tony Fannin: tfannin.com
– Creative writing- Elizabeth Kennedy, PhD.
– Photography- Michael Durr: michaeldurr.com

About

Marlen Wensel

I am a Middle Eastern food scientist creating artisanal spice blends and fresh Mediterranean meals through my family business, Apricot Sun. My passion is sharing the flavors of my heritage in vibrant new foods that delight and nourish.

My journey began as a child in Jordan, growing up with unique flavors passed down for generations in my family. Coming to the USA gave me strong scientific training, wider horizons, and a fresh audience for my 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. I worked for years gaining extensive experience in food safety assurance at Nestle USA, ConAgra Foods, and Weston Foods.

In 2017, my husband Robert and I invested full-time in our dream to establish a family business. We launched Apricot Sun and began selling fresh Mediterranean dishes at farmer’s markets. Our updated versions of Middle Eastern classics deliver intricate layers of flavor using artful seasoning—not sugar or artificial additives.

In 2019 we started mixing our own spices to make the versatile Zaatar spice mix and launched our Zaatar line, the first in Indiana. I love finding new ways to use this unique product!  You can find full recipes in the Blog on our Website.  We are now adding on more unique Mediterranean spices to our line and are very excited for the future!

We have been blessed with two sons- Klayton 10 and Detrich- just turned 7.  What a joy to see their love for the flavors that we create – Foodies in the making! 

Our experience working with talented mentors and partners over the years has taught us that the best outcomes come from creative collaboration. We welcome and enjoy partnership for innovation. Let us know how we can work together to elevate the flavors of your dishes or your customers’ food creations with Zaatar!