OPEN SESAME Even Ali Baba and his 40 thieves can get onboard with this delicious condiment!

OPEN SESAME Even Ali Baba and his 40 thieves can get onboard with this delicious condiment!

Katherine Loffreto

As you know, Lafayette Spices has been rolling out some pretty impressive flavors lately. We’ve got peppers, salts, and spices you’ve never even dreamed of tasting. Our latest offering will have you licking your lips and wiping the drool from your mouth. We’re talking about our very own line of flavor packed toasted sesame seeds – packaged in convenient twist top 330 or 1000 milliliter containers.

These sesame seeds are sourced directly from our producer in Japan, and have undergone an extensive seasoning process, to render them perfectly crispy, crunchy, and delicious. An intensely flavorful sauce, different for each seed type, is used to coat the seeds. The seeds are then dried/toasted at a low temperature to fuse the sauce to the seeds. That process is repeated up to 5 times until the seeds are at an optimum level or crispy flavor packed goodness.

There are four varieties to choose from, each with its own unique flavor profile and suggestions for pairing:

  1. Toasted Yuzu Sesame Seeds

The yuzu is a fascinating citrus fruit that hails from central China and Tibet and was then introduced to Japan and South Korea – where it’s still cultivated today. It grows very slowly, generally requiring 10 years to fruit. The flavor is decidedly citrus based, with notes of lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. These seeds would be transcendent when sprinkled on a fresh fluke crudo, or even topping a sweet sesame panna cotta.

  1. Toasted Tex Mex Sesame Seeds

Tex Mex cuisine has such a large base, that it’s hard to find an ingredient that couldn’t fit under its umbrella today. These seeds are seasoned with chili, cumin, garlic, and onion to give them an intense south of the border kick. Use them to garnish that taco al pastor, chicken mole, or even a slice of ultra-fresh pineapple.

  1. Toasted Wasabi Sesame Seeds

These seeds certainly pack a punch! They’re coated in a layer of peppery wasabi that pairs perfectly with just about any cuisine. Wasabi is harvested from the root of a Japanese horseradish in the family Brassica. The seeds are pungent and flavorful, but don’t have the lingering burn effects that accompany traditional wasabi. Use these seeds to coat  a piece of tuna prior to searing, or sprinkle them over pork filled steamed dumplings.

  1. Toasted Curry Sesame Seeds

Curry Spice is traditionally an Indian ingredient, but these seeds can be used for so much more. The spice is actually a blend of several spices, and typically includes cumin, turmeric, garlic, and ginger. These bright yellow and flavorful seeds would be perfect for topping braised chicken or perhaps beef short ribs. They could even be used on a dessert, dotting fresh mango sorbet or a cake of sweet tamarind.

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