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TOHUM Sesame Tahini

Jim Leff Mar 9, 2013 10:12 PM

Has anyone spotted TOHUM Sesame Tahini in any local stores?

I know it's available from South River Miso's web site, but they require a $25 minimum order, and I'm already fully stocked on miso!

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    Maud Feb 28, 2014 06:45 PM

    Just happened to come across this year-old conversation after Googling this stuff because I'd just seen and bought some for the first time... at the Park Slope Food Coop.

    1. loratliff Mar 26, 2013 09:19 PM

      Is it that much better than the regular stuff? Worth seeking out?

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      1. re: loratliff
        mouthfeel Mar 27, 2013 11:33 AM

        In my opinion YES! It's darker and richer tasting than anything else I've tasted. Granted I haven't tasted every tahini available but still. It reminds me of the Lima brand tahini found in Europe, and not available here.

        From the Tohumorganics.com website:

        "Unique tahini made from heirloom golden sesame seeds grown with traditional and
        organic methods in Mediterranean Turkey. Dark in color, rich in flavor, Calcium and Iron."


        "TOHUM NATURAL FOODS™ brings to your home highly nutritious, hand crafted, traditional products directly from the ancient fertile land of Anatolia in Turkey. TOHUM means seed in Turkish.

        TOHUM NATURAL FOODS™ was founded in 1994 with the purpose of conserving heirloom seeds and promoting centuries-old farming and food processing methods of Anatolia. All our products are grown and processed in harmony with nature in the pure traditional way without the use of genetic engineering, irradiation, chemical fertilizers, additives or preservatives.TOHUM products are delicious and high in vitamins and minerals."

        1. re: mouthfeel
          loratliff Mar 27, 2013 05:30 PM

          I'll look for it. I'm wondering if Lifethyme on 6th Avenue might have it or Health & Harmony on Hudson Street.

          1. re: loratliff
            mouthfeel Mar 27, 2013 06:02 PM

            I've not seen it at LifeThyme but who knows. Am not familiar with Health & Harmony. I was at Integral Yoga this afternoon and checked on the Tohum. Still there, 3 jars, expiration in March (I think) of 2014. Bottom shelf at end of aisle, next to the veganaise or whatever it is.

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        mouthfeel Mar 25, 2013 04:44 PM

        I was happily surprised to find it at Integral Yoga Natural Foods [229 W 13th St, between 7th/8th Avenues, Manhattan, NY 10011], opposite the cooler (at the end of the lefthand aisle in the store), along with the other tahinis (and oils). I believe it's on the bottom shelf or near to it. I once requested that Whole Foods in Union Square get some and they ordered a case but it is long gone, alas. More people should know about this stuff! It's the absolute best tahini I've ever had. Good luck!

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        1. re: mouthfeel
          Jim Leff Mar 25, 2013 08:58 PM

          Nice, thanks! My only concern is freshness. This is kind of obscure stuff, so it may have sat for a while...

          1. re: Jim Leff
            mouthfeel Mar 26, 2013 11:13 AM

            I did look at the date, in fact, and it was still OK but it did look like it had been there a while. I think the problem is simply that people don't know about this wonderful stuff. Were it me I would just buy it and try it.

            In March 2010 I sent Tohum [beti@tohumorganics.com] an email searching for a way to buy it, whether directly from them or locally. Here is their response, which I bet still stands:

            "The tahini is being distributed by UNFI in your area. Please let your local health food store or the WF branch Grocery Buyer know that the product is back and can be ordered once again through UNFI. This will be much more convenient for you and very helpful for us."

            So, if you don't like the ones sitting at IY you can ask another store to do this.

            It sounds like the product was unavailable for a while which might explain its absence from the markets. Buyers might have forgotten about it.

            I had asked WF back then if they could hand out samples when they do those food demos but that's something that's organized more by the companies involved (I think), with the products paid for by said companies... Shame, because I don't think Tohum is very organized (or budgeted) much in the marketing and promotion department. Perhaps you and I should volunteer to buy a few jars, buy a loaf of bread and stand in Whole Foods handing out samples. I bet people would really go for the stuff. But, I'm guessing you have better things to do.

            1. re: mouthfeel
              Jim Leff Mar 27, 2013 08:01 PM

              No. I only have worse things to do. As long as I don't need to dress up in some outfit, count me in!

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