What is Tahini and How To Use It

If you’ve been pondering what tahini is for quite some time, you came to the right place. Tahini is an ingredient rising in popularity across the US, Canada, and even the UK and Europe. But what exactly is tahini?

Before we get to the answer, let’s discuss what put tahini on the food map in recent years: hummus. You’ve probably heard of hummus – a dip made from chickpeas. That is definitely correct. However, you may not know the other ingredients within this yummy dip. We’ll give you a hint – one of them is tahini. And believe it or not, tahini is the star of the show when it comes to hummus! If you don’t use a high-quality tahini, your hummus will reflect that. So, let’s cut to the chase.

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Sometimes the seeds are roasted in production, but other times they’re not. If the seeds are not roasted, the tahini is considered to be raw.  Tahini is naturally nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and keto-friendly. Tahini is also a super nutritious ingredient, boasting high levels of plant-based calcium, iron, and protein. You can read more about the nutritious qualities and health benefits of tahini here.

Not All Tahini is Created Equal

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We mentioned above that if you don’t use a high-quality tahini, your hummus won’t taste as good. That’s something that’s vital to note because not all tahini is created equal. Soom Tahini is made from 100% roasted and pressed Ethiopian White Humera sesame seeds. These sesame seeds are superior for tahini because they have what we like to call a high “meat to oil” ratio. This means that there’s a smoother, nuttier flavor profile that comes through when consuming Soom Tahini. Further, you won’t experience the super bitter afternotes that many poor quality tahini brands generally have.

When looking for a high-quality tahini in addition to the flavor is the texture of the paste itself. It should have a runny, smooth consistency. It should also be fairly easily to reblend the product if it’s been sitting on the shelf for some time. However, many tahini jars that are currently found on the Western hemisphere’s grocery shelves are not of this quality. That’s why we launched Soom Foods!

How To Use Tahini

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Now that you’re familiar with what tahini is and what high-quality tahini should consist of, let’s talk about this ingredient’s uses. High-quality tahini can be used for so much more than just hummus! Tahini can be used for both sweet and savory applications. Consumers of Soom Tahini not only use tahini in hummus, but also in salad dressings, tahini sauces, marinades, soups, baked goods, and even coffee! You can find delicious, nutritious, and versatile uses of on our recipes page.