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May 8, 2011 05:35 PM

Tahini...where is it?

I'm here in Sioux City, IA visiting with my sister who is craving some hummus I made for her. Great, I'll make some, it's easy enough. However, after searching for a Middle Eastern store which we could not find, no hummus. Is there a local Middle Eastern or Greek store in the area? Thanks!

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  1. it should be in any grocery store in the "ethnic items" aisle. I usually find it between some pan-asian goods and the Hebrew stuff. Good luck.

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    1. re: skaboy

      Thanks for reply, skaboy. Today we hit several South Asian stores today; I did find a sesame sauce but it was much darker then the tahini I use so I didn't buy it. We looked at Hyvee too, both in the ethnic and organic sections, but no luck. We discussed ordering it or I will send a jar from Chicago.

      1. re: acme

        I don't mean this as a DIY, but it's quite tasty to substitute whole toasted sesame seeds for tahine in hummus if you are making it in a blender. I was given a recipe like this and have become converted. Perhaps worth a try for you if it's difficult to source tahine where you are?

    2. I've found it in the kosher/international food section in a local Wal-Mart. You might want try there. BTW, I'm in Indiana, not exactly a hotbed of ethnic populations and I still found it. ETA: it was Joyva brand.

      1. Sometimes I find it in the "ethnic" aisle of regular supermarkets, but I've also found it near the peanut butter...

        1. If you have a Hyvee, they carry it in the ethnic area there also... multiple brands