Sesame Seeds

These tiny, flat, oval-shaped seeds are good sources of calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.  They’re especially valued in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, in the forms of tahini (sesame seed paste) and halvah a popular sweet.  The famous phrase “open sesame” from the Arabian Nights refers to the tendency of the sesame seed pod to burst open when it reaches maturity.

Buy sesame seeds raw and lightly toast them in a dry skillet before sprinkling them over steamed vegetables, salads, and stir-fries to add some crunch, or blend them into baked goods.

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