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Jan 31, 2013 11:19 AM

Black vs white sesame seeds

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

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  1. 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

      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. 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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      1. re: Bacardi1

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

        1. re: fldhkybnva

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