Sesame seeds are small tear dropped shaped edible seeds that has been used in many global cuisines for 5,000+ years.
What Is Sesame Seed?
Sesame seed is the seed of the sesame plant, an annual herb that produces flowers and pods containing sesame seeds. When the pods are mature they burst open with an audible pop. After removing the hull, there are about 80 seeds per pod.
Seeds are then bottled and sold as plain seeds or made into oil, a paste (tahini) or even fried and made into powder. They come in white (but look yellowish) and black, which are richer and provide a bold flavor.
They are used in many types of cuisine, but most notably Asian and Middle Eastern.
What Do Sesame Seeds Taste Like?
Sesame seeds have a nutty and sweet taste. Toasting enhances the flavor.
Black seeds are richer and have a bold flavor that is less sweet and more savory.
If your seeds are too bitter it means they are probably rancid.
How Do I Cook With Sesame Seeds?
Sesame seeds are commonly used to sprinkle on top of completed dishes, soups and salad. You’ll also see them in and on breads and crackers.
When made into a paste, it is tahini which is commonly used in hummus, salad dressing, marinades,baba Ganoush and falafel.
It is even seen in some sweet dishes like cookies, pastry and croissants.
Storage & Freezing
Sesame seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place like a cabinet or pantry, but are even better if kept in the refrigerator or freezer.
Chilled, they will be good for 6 months and frozen, up to a year. Humid climates accelerate this process.
Due to their high oil content, sesame seeds go rancid fast and will take on a bitter flavor.