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The Talents of Tahini

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Different Types of Tahini

You’ll usually find these different varieties of tahini in your local health food store or “natural/ ethnic” section of the supermarket:

Raw, hulled, unhulled, light and dark roast.

Usually the level of bitterness and nutritional value go hand in hand, except when it comes to a darker roast. Here is an approximate ranking of nutritional value and flavor from highest nutritional content to lowest:

- Raw unhulled (bitter, and much thicker than roasted)
- Raw hulled (less bitter, but still thick)
- Light roast unhulled (semi-bitter, but smoother in texture)
- Dark roast unhulled (a bit more bitter, but with a deep flavor and texture somewhere in between that of raw and light roast)
- Light roast hulled (sweet and smooth, good for replacing cream or adding to smoothies)
- Dark roast hulled (deeper flavor, a bit more bitter, but not compared to unhulled. Also, the texture is usually thicker than that of the hulled light roast)

Tahini is sold both “fresh” and dehydrated. I have never tried the dehydrated version, but I assume it would be good for traveling. In general though, if you’re not moving around, I would go for the fresh variety.

At the Gentle World Educational Center, we’ve been lucky enough to receive quality product donations over the years from Once Again Nut Butter, Living Tree Community and Sunshine International Foods. Sunshine International Foods light and medium roast tahini have a particularly delicious flavor.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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6:00AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

9:37PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Didn't know about all the nutritious benefits. Thank you

12:05PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012


2:30AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

thank you for sharing!

11:24AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

interesting, thx.

7:54AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

I love tahini so much!!
One of my favorite salad dressins:
Equal parts tahini and water, lemon juice, tamari, garlic, ginger, dash cayenne, maybe a little splash of ACV.
Soooo good! I massage it into kale and broccoli, chop up a bell pepper and an apple on top, and dig in!! :)

10:01AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Who knew that tahini had all these Nutritional content and Health Benefits. I will definitely be trying to make this.

8:24AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Thank you

11:55PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I love sesame I am going to be trying some tahini!

9:41PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012 I know a bit more about tahini, I think I will look for a chance to try it

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