Tahini is a sauce made from ground raw sesame seeds. It is very popular in many cuisines, especially in the Middle East.

The solids in tahini tend to separate from the oils; store jars upside down in the refrigerator to make it easier to mix.


Other names: Tahina, Tehina
Translations: Ταχίνι, الطحينة, 練り胡麻, טחינה, Тахини, Тахін, 芝麻酱, Тахини

Physical Description

A thick,creamy, sticky paste that is sold in jars.The tahini paste and the oil usually separate and must be well mixed before using.

Colors: There are two types- light, ivory colored tahini, and a darker, more amber hued one

Tasting Notes

Flavors: Nutty,creamy,
Mouthfeel: Creamy, Slightly gritty
Food complements: Lemon juice, Olive oil, Garlic, Chickpeas, Eggplant, Pita bread, Honey, Vegetables, Lamb

Conserving and Storing

You can store an unopened container of tahini at room temperature but once opened the paste should be refrigerated to prevent the oil of the paste from going rancid.



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