What is tahini? When I mention tahini as a food ingredient, most people don’t know what I am talking about. Tahini is a sesame seed butter or “paste”. Simple as that! We have sunflower seed butter, almond butter, and tahini. It just goes by a different name (Arabic or Greek origin) that comes from Middle Eastern dishes. You find tahini as an ingredient in foods like hummus and baba ghanoush (one of my favorites!).
Sesame King Tahini also sent me two samples (roasted and garlic) of their tahini to try, and let everyone know what I think!
What about the nutrition facts?
1 oz. or 28 g (almost 2 Tbsp.) is 167 calories, 15 g fat, 6 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, and 5 g protein. Zero grams of sugar, naturally.
The fat in tahini is almost an equal split between monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), but contains many more omega 6 fats than omega 3 fats. This is not as desirable as almond butter which contains 3 times more MUFAs than PUFAs. But, that is comparing seeds to nuts which are different.
Positively, tahini is an excellent source of many nutrients! It is loaded with thiamin, copper, and manganese, as well as iron and calcium (in only a small 2 Tbsp. serving).
Overall, I recommend using tahini in different recipes because it adds a different flavor profile, adds loads of nutrients, and can be used in creative ways such as making a salad dressing with it!
Sesame King Tahini
The Sesame King (SK) tahini is great. It does not contain GMOs, and ingredients are natural. I think that they can not put the GMO free claim on some of the flavored tahinis because they may add things like citric acid (natural vitamin C source) which may come from GMO corn. That is not a big deal at all, just something to understand. They have other flavored options like chocolate tahini that I did not try, but sounds interesting! Maybe sesame butter will be the new almond butter. Haha.
Is this (SK) tahini any different from let’s say an organic store brand tahini I previously bought? The main difference is that this tahini is made in the USA. Most other tahini you will find is made in Israel or elsewhere. Sesame King tahini is not organic, but seems to follow good manufacturing processes and does not use GMO sesame seeds. For my preferences, I like to buy any tahini that is free of GMOs and does not contain additives. So, overall, I will continue to enjoy this tahini!
Here is a great little recipe on the side of the jar for hummus (image right). I like to make hummus with chickpea flour, tahini, lemon, olive oil, cumin these days. For some reason, I like the taste/texture a little better. The key in this recipe (right) is that they use a lot of tahini to make it smooth and creamy and no olive oil!
Here is their recipe for baba ghanoush (the eggplant dip that I LOVE). And here is the recipe for tuna salad made with tahini that I have been wanting to try. I eat tahini in all other types of salad, why not tuna!
Have you tried cooking/making recipes with tahini? What do you think?