5 Reasons to Eat More Tahini and 10 Recipes to Try
Wandering through the shuk (market) in Israel you are likely to frequently encounter a beige paste. You might see it sold on its own, and as the primary ingredient in halva, hummus, and baba ganoush. It's tahini, a paste made out of ground sesame seeds that is not only versatile and appropriate for recipes both sweet and savory, but it is a great source of numerous health benefits.
Since tahini is a staple in Israeli cuisine, in honor of Israeli Independence Day, we present a list of reasons you'll want to incorporate this wonder paste into your diet, and a bunch of tahini recipes to try. If cooking with tahini seems intimidating try one of our favorite tahini-laden products of the moment: Sesame Kingdom's nutritious pre-mixed sesame spreads are sweetened with dates, carobs, figs and beets; Seed+Mill's artisanal halva; and for even more inspiration check out Adeena Sussman's cookbook Tahini.
Five great health benefits of tahini:
1. Rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, and other important minerals.
2. Excellent source of calcium.
3. High in vitamin E.
4. Chock full of B vitamins.
5. Full of vegan protein.
Ten tahini recipes: