Food glossary

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds

The seeds of the sesame plant are tiny cream discs that have a subtle nutty flavour. They are sold as Salad Topping sesame seeds with the fresh fruit and vegetables.

Uses: Sesame seeds are delicious sprinkled on salads, breads or cakes. They are also used to make tahini and sesame oil.

To store: Keep in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

To prepare: Toasted sesame seeds have a more distinctive flavour - heat a heavy-based pan over a medium heat and add the seeds stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, heat until they release a nutty aroma and are just starting to turn golden. The seeds will burn quickly so watch them carefully.