Toasted black sesame seeds, or umami irigoma kuro, are used widely in Japanese, Chinese and Korean cooking to bring colour, texture and flavour to dishes. They still have their husks on, giving them a dark colour, crunchier texture and stronger flavour than white sesame seeds. The seeds are pre-toasted to enhance the flavours, meaning they can be used straight from the packet without having to dry-roast them first.
Sesame seeds come from the pods of sesame plants. The famous phrase “Open Sesame” refers to the moment that they burst open and release their seeds.
Try sprinkling black sesame seeds on rice and use them for onigiri and ohitashi spinach. Also stud the black sesame seeds in bread rolls, and scatter over noodles or salads.
Ingredients: 100% black sesame seeds.
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