Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible, crunch to many Asian dishes.
They are also the main ingredients in tahini (sesame seed paste) and the wonderful Middle Eastern sweet call halvah.
Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man.
They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity.
"Open sesame"—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity.
Add sesame seeds into the batter the next time you make homemade bread, muffins or cookies.
Sesame seeds add a great touch to steamed broccoli that has been sprinkled with lemon juice.
Spread tahini (sesame paste) on toasted bread and either drizzle with honey for a sweet treat or combine with miso for a savory snack.
Combine toasted sesame seeds with rice vinegar, soy sauce and crushed garlic and use as a dressing for salads, vegetables and noodles.
Healthy sauté chicken with sesame seeds, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and your favorite vegetables for a healthy, but quick, Asian-inspired dinner.