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Black vs white sesame seeds

fldhkybnva Jan 31, 2013 11:19 AM

What is the difference? Do you use them in different preparations?

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  1. pagesinthesun RE: fldhkybnva Jan 31, 2013 02:19 PM

    I don't know the answer for certain, but my belief is that it is only aesthetic. Black sesames are also more expensive and less available.

    When I have a recipe that calls for black sesame seeds I always use white.

    I'll be interested to hear if there is any other opinions about this out there.

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    1. re: pagesinthesun
      fldhkybnva RE: pagesinthesun Jan 31, 2013 02:33 PM

      Great, thanks. I usually do an Asian marinated seared tuna but thought perhaps I'd do a sesame crusted version this weekend and wasn't sure what to buy.

    2. Bacardi1 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 31, 2013 02:48 PM

      I keep stocks of both black & white sesame seeds in my pantry & use both frequently. As far as I'm concerned, it's just an aesthetic thing. I've tried both totally plain & don't taste any difference in flavor. But the two of them do look very attractive together in certain recipes where appearance counts.

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        fldhkybnva RE: Bacardi1 Jan 31, 2013 03:05 PM

        Good to know, so probably would still need to season as usual

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          Bacardi1 RE: fldhkybnva Feb 1, 2013 08:57 AM

          Yes. Neither color seed tastes different from the other, so no need to change any of the seasoning in whatever recipe you're using.

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