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History tells us that sesame seed is the first recorded seasoning, dating back to 3000 b.c. Assyria. It grows widely in Indiaand throughout the Orient. The seeds were brought to America by African slaves,who called it
,and it subsequently became very popular in Southern cooking. These tiny, flatseeds come in shades of brown, red and black, but those most commonly found are apale grayish-ivory. Sesame seed has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that makes itversatile enough for use in baked goods such as breads, pastries, cakes andcookies, in confections like the Middle Eastern
and in salads and other savory dishes.The seed is available packaged in supermarkets and can be found in bulk in MiddleEastern markets and health-food stores. Because of a high oil content, sesameseed turns rancid quickly. It can be stored airtight in a cool, dark place for upto 3 months, refrigerated up to 6 months or frozen up to a year.
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Material adapted from the
The New Food Lover's Companion
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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.
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