tahina, tahine, tehina.
Tahini is a Middle Eastern condiment made from hulled lightly roasted sesame seeds that have been ground to a fine paste. It has a smooth creamy texture similar to unhomogenized peanut butter.
What's it taste like?
Tahini has a creamy nutty flavour that's slightly bitter and has a smooth lingering finish that tastes similar to peanuts.
Where do I get it?
It's sold in many grocery stores in the US in the ethnic or kosher sections and can also be found in Middle Eastern and kosher specialty stores.
When is it best?
There is no season, however it can go rancid, so check the expiration date.
How do I use it?
Tahini is typically not homogenized, so you will need to stir the oil together with the solids before using. It's most widely used throughout the Middle East as an addition to the chickpea dip Hummus, but is also used in a wide variety of savoury dishes and desserts. It can also be used as a substitute for peanut butter.
Many East Asian cuisines make use of ground sesame seeds and tahini makes a suitable substitute in many applications.
Rich in calcium, manganese, iron, and vitamins B and E. Tahini also contains phytosterols which help lower cholesterol.