Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth nut butter rich in calcium. Tahini is most closely associated with the Middle East, where it is eaten as is, and often used in making Hummus (mashed chickpeas, flavored with lemon juice and garlic), Baba Ghanoush (a purée of eggplant, lemon juice, garlic, and oil), Halvah (a confection that includes honey or cane syrup), and other traditional dishes. Look for tahini in a glass jar or a can at Pars Market we sell large selection of Tahini in 1LB or 2LB sizes our Tahini is the best quality and always fresh and low price!
In Turkey, tahini (tahin in Turkish) is mixed with Pekmez to form a dish called tahin-pekmez. Due to its high-caloric nature, it is served as a breakfast item or after meals as a dessert to dip pieces of bread in, especially during the wintertime.
In Iraq and some Persian Gulf countries, tahini is mixed with date syrup (rub) to make a sweet dessert usually eaten with bread. In Cyprus, tahini, or locally called tashi, is used as dipping for bread and in pitta Souvlaki rather than tzatziki, which is customary in Greece.
The nutrients in sesame seeds
- Protein: sesame seeds have about 20 percent protein. As with all vegetarian sources, However, they can be very useful in a vegetarian diet.
- Fibre: sesame seeds are 10 percent fibre
- Fat: at 55 percent, they’re high in fat. However, the vast majority of this is mono- and poly- unsaturated. They contain a small amount of Omega 3S, but mostly have Omega 6 essential fatty acids.
- Carbohydrate: in amongst all that protein, fibre and fat there’s not a lot of room for carbs, only 0.9 percent.
- Minerals: potassium, magnesium, manganese, small amounts of calcium and they’re one of the few vegetarian sources of zinc.
- Vitamins: Vitamin E, as well as small amounts of some B vitamins
- Antioxidants: sesame seeds contain a group of antioxidants called Lignans. These have been shown to reduce Cholesterol and improve heart health.
Should you include tahini in your diet?
Yes, yes, yes and YES. Tahini is a gorgeous, useful food for both vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Tahini is particularly useful because of the fats it contains, the minerals and also the antioxidants.
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