WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT TAHINI?
I owe alot to Tahini… this humble middle eastern spread made from ground sesame. If it wasn’t for Tahini I’m not sure I would’ve had a great education, countless opportunities in life, food on the table, clothes on my back.
Confused? I don’t blame you. It’s not literally Tahini itself that has done all this, but the production and sale of it. You see my dad is the founder and sole creator of Carwari – A health food manufacturing brand that specialised in Tahini and other middle eastern health foods. It’s because of my dad and Carwari that I and my siblings have such a passion for good, whole food.
Unfortunately, right when I found my yellow-brick road and started traveling down the path of holistic health, my father sold the business. Sad, but true. But not before we reaped the benefits, and still do, of this amazing spread.
Besides Tahini literally supporting our family, it is truly a wonder food.
Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is a flowering plant of the Genus Sesamum. It grows annually plant growing to around 1metre high with purple flowers. It is believed that it originated in Africa more than 5,000 years ago. But today it is cultivated mostly in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.
These oil-rich seeds come in a variety of colors such as cream-white, gold or black.
From ancient times to today Sesame is known as an elixir for longevity and health. In Japan, sesame is often used in various dishes. It is also a very important ingredient for the Buddhist vegetarian diet. It’s found all over the middle east and today in western cultures.
What makes Tahini so special?
There is a major compound within sesame called Sesamin. Now this antioxidant reaches the liver – which is unusual – most antioxidants are used up before reaching the liver. Sesame/Tahini works to improve the liver function by fighting free radicals which cause fatigue, aging and other physical ailments/diseases. With the aid of the amino acid, methionine, which helps with the absorption of other amino acids, also contributes to liver detoxification.
Sesamin also protects the Vitamin E found in Tahini and we all know that Vitamin E works as an effective antioxidant all over the body.
Tahini is also a high source of calcium, protein and B vitamins. Essential fatty acids, used to help maintain healthy skin, are also found in Tahini.
“Sesamin” also reduce bad cholesterol (LDL).
What kind of Tahini to choose?
Hulled tahini does not use the whole sesame seed. As a result there is less calcium, protein and vitamins. Unhulled tahini is made from the whole sesame seed and is the most nutritionally packed! Hulled tahini is not as bitter tasting as the unhulled type.
Opt for raw, not roasted tahini to maximise the nutrient density.
How to use Tahini?
- Raw – dips
- Butter substitute
- Smoothies – add in as a milk/yoghurt replacement (mix with water to soften the consistency)
- Drizzled on veggies and salads
- Used on baked fish or other baked dishes
What to try Tahini straight away?
Hit up this recipe: Delicious, spicy baked fish with a Tahini and nut crust!
Enjoy and saha to you.
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