About Sesame Seeds, Toasted
History suggests that the Sesame Seed is the first recorded seasoning, dating back to 3000 B.C. Assyria. It grows widely throughout the Orient and in India. Sesame Seeds were brought to America by the African slaves, who referred to the seed as the Benne Seed. This seed soon became very popular with Southern cooking. These seeds are highly valued, being rich in protein and in polyunsaturated oil. Typically Sesame Seeds are pressed into oils or made into pastes to serve as flavoring agents or in sauces. These flat, tiny seeds have a rich, nutty sweet flavor which allows them to be used in many different dishes. This seed is the toasted White Sesame Seed, giving the seed a nuttier, toasted flavor.
Use Sesame Seeds with salads, fish, poultry and meat dishes, add to stir fried vegetables, bean and noodles dishes, cheese spreads and egg salads, butter or cheese sauces, cakes and cookies, and butter spreads and breads. Sesame Seeds are a versatile ingredient to have on hand.
Toast or grind sesames seeds or add directly to your recipe. To toast, heat a frying pan or skillet on high, add seeds and stir occasionally. Watch seeds closely. When the seeds release a toasted nutty fragrance, remove from pan or skillet (about 3-5 minutes).