Tahini is best known as a hummus ingredient, but that’s just the start for this versatile ingredient. The truth is, thousands of dishes are enhanced by the savory flavor of sesame! Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is popular in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, North African, and East Asian cuisines. If you go to Greece, you’ll see tahini spread tahini on bread, with or without jam or honey. Visit Turkey and you’ll find tahini-flavored hummus along with a filling dessert called tahin-pekmez. And in China, you’ll enjoy delicious noodles made with sesame paste. Recipes aside, there’s a lot to like about the health benefits of tahini. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly. Plus it’s high in protein, dietary fiber, calcium, and iron. And if you’re deciding between peanut butter and tahini, you might want to choose tahini if you’re watching your sugar and saturated fat intake. So grab some raw tahini paste and start spreading!
History of Tahini
People have been growing sesame seeds (the only ingredient in pure tahini) for thousands of years. Back then, the seeds were used mostly to make sesame seed oil. In more recent centuries, people started grinding sesame seeds to flavor hummus, a traditional Middle Eastern dish made from chickpeas. It was only in the last hundred years that tahini, along with other nut butters, came to the U.S. In addition to creamy dips, tahini is used to make desserts, salads, Asian-style noodles, and a variety of other culinary delights. Ready to try this ingredient for yourself? You can find tahini right here, at Thrive Market.
A quick glance at tahini’s nutritional information will show that it can be considered a health food. Here’s what you’ll find in 2 tablespoons of our organic tahini:
- Fat: 16 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Dietary fiber: 4 grams
- Calcium: 312 mg (25% of RDA)
- Iron: 4.7 mg (25% of RDA)
Compared to other nut butters, tahini stands out as a source of calcium and iron—both crucial minerals for bone health, blood health, and more. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber and healthy fats.
Top Tahini Brands
If you want the best natural tahini brands, check the ingredient lists. The less that goes into the jar, the higher the quality. Here are some of our top picks:
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Best Organic Tahini
Organic tahini means no preservatives, artificial ingredients, or flavors—just organic sesame seeds.
Thrive Market Organic Tahini
Get ready to flavor your hummus, salad, or dessert with the succulent taste of sesame. This organic tahini comes in a convenient squeezable pouch!
Artisana Organics Raw Tahini Sesame Seed Butter
Oh, that texture! Soon you’ll be spooning, spreading, and stirring this raw tahini paste onto your food and possibly straight into your mouth! (We won’t judge.)
Tahini Tips and Recipes
Get the scoop on tahini—and cool tahini recipes—by scrolling down and checking out these posts.
How to Use Tahini
Learn tahini history, international uses, DIY tahini, recipes, and more in this fun beginner’s guide.
3 Raw Tahini Recipes
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