White Sesame Seeds
White Sesame Seeds are one of the oldest in the history of spices, this tiny seed is full of flavor, crunch, and even health benefits. The scientific name for sesame seed is Sesamum indicum. The name sesame seed comes from the Greek word sesamon. It is used frequently in Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean, and northern African cooking. You will find that sesame oil is an extremely important ingredient for some countries, with Japan being the country with the highest interest in importing the oil.
Sesame seeds have 45-65% fixed oil which is predominantly made up of olein. There is no volatile oil content in sesame seeds.
Some other names for sesame seed include, “juljulan” in Arabic, “zi mah” in Mandarin, “till” in French, “sesam” in German, “gingili” or “til” Hindi, “goma” in Japanese, “gergelim” in Portuguese, “kunzhut” in Russian, and “ajonjoli” in Spanish.
Cooking with Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are popular in baking for their nutty flavor and in savory spice mixes. You can combine these seeds with honey, sauces, or dips of all sorts for a nuttier flavor profile.
These white seeds can be ground up to make a paste called tahini, something that is used in the production of hummus. Tahini is also delicious on pita bread, as a vegetable dip, and when spread on fruit.
Sesame seeds are also excellent to look at on top of breads, and you will sometimes see a variety of colors on rolls as a decoration. Armenian Simit Cookies are not complete without a healthy sprinkling of sesame seeds.
A quick, delicious recipe that incorporates sesame seeds are Honey Sesame Peanuts. All you need are 2 cups of peanuts, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, ½ cup of honey, and ¼ cup of sesame seeds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast the peanuts on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Toss them around and then flip them, let them bake for another 5 minutes. Melt sugar and honey in a small pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the honey over the roasted peanuts and then sprinkle them with the sesame seeds. Put these in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes, then allow to cool completely before enjoying.
What do They Taste Like?
White Sesame seeds are a bit nutty with a lot of crunch.