Tahini is a great food that has been used for thousands of years throughout the world. Sometimes called sesame seed butter, Tahini is actually more than that.
There are some who feel that Tahini is not a great tasting food. The taste is not considered to be sweet and can be a bit bitter. That being said, it is very popular with vegans because of how much protein can be found in it.
Several cooking recipes, especially vegan recipes, use Tahini and when mixed with other foods rather than standing on its own, it can become quite good.
When used with sauces, entrees, creamy dips, hummus and salad dressings, it can be an excellent and healthy addition to cooking.
Tahini is an excellent source of calcium and iron, as well as B1 and magnesium and dietary fiber.
When you decide to buy Tahini, you want to make sure that it is organic. Why should it be organic? Well, with all the health benefits associated with it, you need to make sure you are keeping those health benefits and not losing them through the use of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Not to mention, organic is just better for you, and the planet as well.
There are many tips to finding organic.
First, look for labeling that identifies it as organic. In the United States, you would be looking for an organic certification through the United States Department of Agriculture. This certification proves that the product has gone through the testing needed to be certified organic in the United States.
Next, look at the farm where it is coming from. Is it a small family farm, or a large company farm that throws the word “natural” on something to make it seem like it is organic. Always do your research.
Going organic isn’t just about no chemicals, it is about making sure your food comes from a local source. See if you can find a local source for your food, including a local source of Tahini.
The best thing you can do is just do your research and know where your Tahini is coming from. Natural doesn’t mean organic, so make sure your organic Tahini is actually organic.
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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg