Black Sesame Seeds
Black Sesame Seeds
One of the oldest seed spices known to man, Sesame seeds are thought to have originated in India or Africa. The first written record of sesame dates back to 3,000 BC. There are three varieties of sesame seed - white is the most common, pale which is also called golden, brown or pale gold, and black. The three seed varieties are all very similar but there are some subtle differences - Black Sesame Seeds and Golden Sesame Seeds are not hulled, while White Sesame Seeds are hulled which shows the seed's true color.
The lighter color seeds are more frequently found in Middle Eastern and Western cuisines, while the black seeds are more popular in Far Eastern cuisine. Sesame seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals and black sesame seeds contain roughly 60% more calcium than their hulled cousins.
Toasting black sesame seeds releases beneficial chemicals as well as enhancing the flavor. There is some controversy on the benefits of toasting these seeds, as some cooks believe that black sesame is bitter when dry-roasted. Japanese chefs believe the secret is in lightly roasting them. To toast black sesame seeds, place them on a cookie sheet and roast in a pre-heated oven at 325° for 5-7 minutes. We like to stir these once at the half way point and we are sure not to overcook (this causes the bitterness).
The Japanese use black sesame to make a condiment called goma shio which is sprinkled over rice, salads and vegetables. The Chinese use black sesame seeds to coat deep fried toffee apples and bananas. Black Sesame Seeds are often used to flavor Chinese stir-fry and rice dishes, they also have an excellent reputation among chefs for encrusting chicken and fish. We like to use these seeds to add a surprising nutty flavor and mild texture to vegetables.
Toast lightly and toss into dough for homemade flatbreads and we know of several artisan bakers that mix fennel, poppy and black sesame seeds as a crusty topping for baguettes.
Black sesame is good with beans, chicken, eggplant, fish, green vegetables, honey, lemon, noodles, rice, sugar and zucchini.
Works well in combination with cardamom, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, oregano, pepper, sumac and thyme.
We used these sesame seeds in our recipe for Thai Basil Chicken Soup.
Black Sesame Seeds have a fuller flavor with a slightly nuttier taste along with a more potent aroma than the white or golden seeds. The seeds are resistant to rancidity and have a long shelf life. Black Sesame seeds have a rich, fatty oil. The oil content is high, around 50% and the oil is known for its distinctive flavor.
We also carry Toasted Sesame Seeds.
** This product is certified kosher.
Serving Size1 tsp
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