A reader asks the following question:
“Many of your recipes call for tahini. What is it?”
Please join this discussion and post your comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Here’s the answer . . .
Tahini is ground sesame seeds that create a paste. You can make your own by processing sesame seeds in a blender or you can purchased prepared tahini. Raw tahini is more nutrient dense than roasted tahini. This delightful food is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine.
Tahini is a very good source of many minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin (vitamin B1), tryptophan, and zinc. Tahini is also a good source of dietary fiber .
Mix tahini with lemon juice and water to make a wonderful dressing or sauce. You can also add cayenne pepper and/or minced garlic.