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G8trDoc Jul 26, 2012 01:27 PM

I have particular aversion to sesame seeds. My reason is too indelicate to go into here, but if you google "enterobius vermicularis egg" you may understand.

I'm finding these seeds sprinkled on almost everything. I've heard they impart a "nutty taste" but I don't register any taste. I see them as adding cost without benefit to rolls, breads and some Chinese dishes.

Can someone tell me what sesame seeds are supposed to add to food?

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    Maximilien RE: G8trDoc Jul 26, 2012 03:20 PM

    They add some flavour, especially when roasted and add some texture to a dish if added as a "seasoning"

    The roasted sesame oil is very concentrated and will add a lot of flavour to a dish (some times too much)

    nothing more, nothing less.

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      John Francis RE: G8trDoc Jul 26, 2012 03:36 PM

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame#C...

      1. tcamp RE: G8trDoc Jul 26, 2012 04:02 PM

        I use them for the flavor, especially when you toast them prior to adding to the finished dish. But I feel your pain; a guy who used to work for me suffered from a condition that made seeds and nuts verboten.

        1. Stephanie Wong RE: G8trDoc Jul 26, 2012 04:44 PM

          So, just ask for the sesame seeds to be omitted?

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            latindancer RE: G8trDoc Jul 26, 2012 07:02 PM

            Our waiter at a restaurant in Hawaii, years ago, wrote out a recipe for one of their delicious salad dressings. Very generous.
            The recipe calls for black sesame seeds. I've tried making the dressing without them, because I was out of them, and the dressing didn't taste the same.
            They're very tasteful and they add texture.

            1. Terrie H. RE: G8trDoc Jul 27, 2012 03:10 PM

              I love the flavor and texture of sesame seeds, but feel the same as you when it comes to poppy seeds. I don't get the thrill. I believe this is a case of differences in taste - we each like what we like.

              1. Tripeler RE: G8trDoc Jul 27, 2012 06:48 PM

                Sesame seeds represent good nutrition to me. While they are about 70% oil, it is of a very good quality. In Japan, there are several nutritional supplements made from sesame seeds.

                Besides, I really love the flavor of nicely roasted sesame seeds.

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