Black Sesame Powder and the Fountain of Youth
Black sesame seeds have quite the reputation in Chinese medicine, boasting qualities that help with constipation, decrease headaches, and maintain a youthful appearance—to name only a few. In fact, both black and white sesame pastes, powder, oil, and seeds are found everywhere in Chinese cuisine; from stir-fries and marinades to pastries and desserts.
Prior to my travel adventures in Asia, I had never really given much thought to sesame seeds. Sure, I’d eaten them sprinkled atop freshly baked bagels and noticed them in salads, but I was quite oblivious to their abundant history in Asian cuisine and numerous health benefits. Fooducopia’s vendor EatSeed has certainly taken notice though, and is bringing their rich, nourishing qualities to your kitchen, one bag at a time!
While I may not yet ascribe to the black sesame fountain of youth, I do find it interesting that black sesame seeds have high fiber and magnesium content—both crucial to gastrointestinal bliss. What’s more, according to the Center for Disease Control, magnesium deficiency can cause headaches and migraines. Perhaps the Chinese are onto something here.
Gastrointestinal health claims backed by evidence? Check. Headache claims verified by science? Check. Youthful appearance claims? You decide. Mix two tablespoons Organic Roasted Black Sesame Seed Powder with four tablespoons peanut butter for a tasty and healthy fruit dip or sandwich spread.
Youthful appearance notwithstanding, white sesame seeds certainly top the nutritional powerhouse charts too. These tiny seeds are packed with thiamine, a vitamin that helps muscle and nerve cells function properly. It’s not stored in high quantities in our bodies though, so daily intake is crucial. Lucky for us, one ounce of white sesame seeds has 50% of our daily value.
Help your muscles perform at optimum capacity with this pan-seared tuna dish made with white sesame seed powder.
Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks
- ¾ cup EatSeed Organic Roasted Sesame Seed Powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 (8 ounce) tuna steaks
- Combine the sesame powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
- Pat tuna steaks dry with a paper towel and smear with 1 tablespoon of oil. Toss steaks in sesame powder mixture.
- Place 1 tablespoon oil in a large, nonstick wok and heat until it begins to smoke. Add steaks and cook for 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 1 ½ minutes more. Flip steaks and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. For rare steaks, slice steaks immediately after removing from heat.
- Serve immediately with a soy ginger dipping sauce.