Sesame seed

Sesamum indicum

Origin: Africa (East), Asia.

Flavour: Nutty, sweet, delicate and mild.
*Note– When toasted the nutty flavour is enhanced with warmer notes. Black sesame has a stronger nutty flavour and hints of bitterness compared to the white variety.

Uses: Oil, garnish, salad, cracked, soup, tahini, seafood, spice blends, baked goods, dessert, sweets, rice dishes.

Dishes: Beniseed soup (African sesame seed soup), sesame seed bagels, tahini, halva (Middle Eastern fudge inspired treat), semsmiyyeh (Lebanese sesame crunch), ellu chutney (sesame seed chutney), sesame seed masala, za’atar (Middle Eastern spice blend), zi ma qiu/jian dui (sesame ball–fried Chinese pastry), biscotti Regina (Sicilian sesame seed cookie), knäckebröd (Swedish crispbread), goma ae (Japanese inspired vegetables with sesame seeds), benne cake (West African inspired sesame seed cake), black sesame seed ice cream, vollkornbrot (German multi seed and grain bread).

Compliments: Clove, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, curry, sage, marjoram, chilli pepper, paprika, cumin.

Substitutes for Sesame Seed: Poppy seed, hemp seed.

Increase the culinary characteristics of sesame seeds in some of your recipes by toasting them first. This process will add flavours that are nutty and earthy with hints of bitterness.
If you creating a recipe where you want nutty flavours with a creamier texture select (small format) Organic Hulled (no shell) Sesame Seeds or (large format) Hulled (no shell) Sesame Seeds.
Various Middles Eastern recipes highlight sesame seeds that are unhulled (with the shell). The texture is crunchier with hints of bitterness. Select a (large format) Natural Unhulled Sesame Seeds when making tahini, halva and other delectable dishes.
Black Sesame Seeds are a prominent ingredient in Asian cuisines. It will impart flavours that are nutty and earthy. Select the Black Sesame Seeds (small format) or Black Sesame Seeds (large format) Add them to your salad, sushi or ice cream.