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Sesame Seeds - sesamum indicum

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Sesame seeds open up new avenues of flavour in cooking and baking. It is the dried hulled fruit of a tropical annual herb. The seeds are creamy white in colour, with a smooth skin and an oval shape. There are also black and brown varieties of sesame seeds.

Flavour:

Rich, nut-like taste that is enhanced by dry roasting in a skillet. When dry roasted or toasted their flavour resemble almonds.

 

How to Use:

As a garnish with vegetables, breads, cakes, casseroles, salads, soups and canapés. As an ingredient in preparing breads, pie pastry, rolls, cakes, cookies, vegetables, rice, meat , noodles, dumplings, cheese spreads, dips and stuffings. Since their toasted flavour resembles that of almonds they may be used as a substitute when almonds are required. Toasting or dry roasting is recommended before using.

Measuring:

Dumplings 1 to 2 teaspoons in 1 1/2 cups flour

Ground beef 2 tablespoons per pound

Butter sauce 1 tablespoon in a 1/4 cup melted butter, use over vegetables

Pie pastry 2 tablespoons for a 2 crust pastry

Stuffing 1/3 cup to 3 cups stuffing for poultry and pork

Pecan Pie 1/4 cup in pie filling

Other info:

Tahini is a thick paste made with ground sesame seeds and is often added to sauces, dips, vegetables and fruit dishes. Sesame Seeds contain 50% sesame oil, which is extracted and used for cooking. When dry roasting or toasting, watch carefully as their small size and oil content can result in burning.

Add a new dimension to green beans by parboiling beans, then sauté in sesame oil and finally sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds before serving

Sesnme Seeds

Nutrient

Units

1 tbsp

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9.0 g

Proximates

Water

g

0.422

Energy

kcal

51.570

Energy

kj

215.730

Protein

g

1.596

Total lipid (fat)

g

4.470

Carbohydrate, by difference

g

2.111

Fiber, total dietary

g

1.062

Ash

g

0.401

Minerals

Calcium, Ca

mg

87.750

Iron, Fe

mg

1.310

Magnesium, Mg

mg

31.590

Phosphorus, P

mg

56.610

Potassium, K

mg

42.120

Sodium, Na

mg

0.990

Zinc, Zn

mg

0.698

Copper, Cu

mg

0.367

Manganese, Mn

mg

0.221

Selenium, Se

mcg

0.513

Vitamins

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

mg

0.000

Thiamin

mg

0.071

Riboflavin

mg

0.022

Niacin

mg

0.406

Pantothenic acid

mg

0.005

Vitamin B-6

mg

0.071

Folate, total

mcg

8.730

Vitamin B-12

mcg

0.000

Vitamin A, IU

IU

0.810

Vitamin A, RE

mcg_RE

0.090

Vitamin E

mg_ATE

0.204

Lipids

Fatty acids, total saturated

g

0.626

4:0

g

0.000

6:0

g

0.000

8:0

g

0.000

10:0

g

0.000

12:0

g

0.000

14:0

g

0.011

16:0

g

0.400

18:0

g

0.188

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

g

1.688

16:1 undifferentiated

g

0.013

18:1 undifferentiated

g

1.667

20:1

g

0.006

22:1 undifferentiated

g

0.000

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

g

1.960

18:2 undifferentiated

g

1.924

18:3 undifferentiated

g

0.034

18:4

g

0.000

20:4 undifferentiated

g

0.000

20:5 n-3

g

0.000

22:5 n-3

g

0.000

22:6 n-3

g

0.000

Cholesterol

mg

0.000

Phytosterols

mg

64.260

Amino acids

Tryptophan

g

0.035

Threonine

g

0.066

Isoleucine

g

0.069

Leucine

g

0.122

Lysine

g

0.051

Methionine

g

0.053

Cystine

g

0.032

Phenylalanine

g

0.085

Tyrosine

g

0.067

Valine

g

0.089

Arginine

g

0.237

Histidine

g

0.047

Alanine

g

0.083

Aspartic acid

g

0.148

Glutamic acid

g

0.356

Glycine

g

0.109

Proline

g

0.073

Serine

g

0.087