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Mar 2, 2012 09:16 PM

Black Sesame and Black Bean Powder

I just bought black sesame and black bean powder at a Korean health food store. I'm just not sure how to use it! If I understood correctly I should mix 3 tablespoons with milk/water or yogurt. I tried it today with OJ and it was good but I'm still not sure of the correct amount to use and if it should all be taken at one time. Wondering if it can be mixed with hot tea. Any one have information on this mixture? Thanks!

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  1. Just a suggestion, you may have better luck getting a helpful response to this question on the Home Cooking board.

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    1. re: creamfinger

      Agreed or General chowhound. Since it sounds more like some sort of health tonic thing.

      I am also impressed (mind boggled) by folks who's questions are "I just bought X. How do I use it or what is it?" I always want to say "then why did you buy it?"

      1. re: Quine

        Replying to myself here..and I always want to say "did you Google it?"
        Well I did. Apparently it is a "thing" that supposedly makes gray hair start growing back to black.
        So not even a food issue at all;

        Here's the link to that article :

        1. re: Quine

          I don't think it's unheard of to do that. I've done it myself. I've been in ethnic markets on many occasions and purchased an interesting looking product or ingredient, with the intention of learning how to use it later. Sometimes is doesn't work out very well, but then again, sometimes it does.

          1. re: Quine

            I know why I bought it and the reason for it. Just am not 100% sure of the correct usage. Since I'm new to the board I wasn't sure where to post this. Thanks for the right direction.

        2. Here's something for another blog:

          Black sesame seeds are one of the best everyday foods we can add to our diets as we age, according to traditional Chinese medicine.

          As we get older, our “yin jing”—our very essence—can get depleted by prolonged or extreme stress, overwork, illness, childbirth, or even by aging itself. A depleted yin jing is associated with premature aging.

          Although there are certain herbs that can be used to strengthen yin jing, black sesame seeds are considered a yin jing tonic and are thought to promote longevity and even slow the development of gray hair.

          From a nutritional perspective, black sesame seeds are a very good source of copper and manganese and are also a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, and other minerals and dietary fiber.

          In Asian cuisine, black sesame seeds are normally roasted and then added to cooking. Black sesame seed soup is popular as a dessert and among people who are trying to boost their health. The soup is made of ground rice, ground black sesame seeds, water, and sugar and is available in some Chinese restaurants and in dry powdered form in Asian grocery stores.

          Last weekend, I was in a Korean grocery store and came across black bean and black sesame seed powder. Black beans are another tonic food.

          I bought a jar, but was also inspired me to make my own recipe, so that I could pre-soak the black sesame seeds before roasting and grinding them. Black sesame seeds are particularly high in phytic acid, which binds with minerals in our intestines, impairing their absorption, and inhibits certain enzymes needed for digestion. Soaking and roasting them can greatly decrease the phytic acid content.

          I made some other changes. Instead of white sugar and white rice, I used coconut sugar and brown rice and added chia seeds to give the soup a tapioca pudding-like quality.

          I question whether regular consumption will do anything to keep my hair black over the years, but I do love the taste. Growing up, I always loved the sweet dessert soups that were served at the end of Chinese dinners (red bean soup was another favorite) and they certainly hit the spot in the winter.

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          1. re: gumpycat

            Thanks gumpycat! I guess I should have posted this elsewhere but being new wasn't sure of where! I appreciate the feedback. I've tried this in OJ and today in oatmeal. Not bad! I think it would be really good in a smoothly!! Just trying to find out the right amount to use. Want to get the full benefit without overdoing!

            1. re: gumpycat

              Wow grumpy cat, why not cite the article and blog rather than just copy & paste it?

              For credit where credit is due, the above posted by grumpycat is this :

              1. re: Quine

                I didn't seem to me like Gumpycat was trying to take credit for someone else's work. I agree the author could have been cited, but the first sentence in the post did say "Here's something from another blog..."

                1. re: creamfinger

                  True but since it was *total* C&P, why leave that portion out? Just strikes me as odd. Doesn't claim it but does refuse to cite the source?

                  1. re: Quine

                    Here is the link to the "something from another blog"


                    Peace to all.