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Facts on Tahini
"tehina"/"tahina" in Arabic and Hebrew, "tahin" in
Turkish) is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is
a major ingredient in hummus and other dishes from the
Middle East. It can be purchased fresh, in cans, in
jars, or dehydrated. Tahini comes in two varieties ?
'hulled' and 'unhulled'. Both types are relatively high
in vitamins and contain a small amount of protein.
Unhulled tahini is quite bitter but has a much higher
proportion of vitamins, calcium, and protein because the
sesame seeds are ground whole.
As a spread,
tahini can replace peanut butter on bread. Tahini paste
is often used in a wide variety of dishes. It can be
found in most Arabic restaurants as a side dish or as a
garnish. It is often mixed with lemon juice, salt and
garlic, then thinned with water to create a sauce.
Tahini sauce is a popular condiment for meat and
vegetables in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Tahini mixed with Pekmez is common as a breakfast item,
especially in winters.
Tahini is becoming more
common in European cuisine and can be found as an
ingredient in many pricey ready made supermarket