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Wadaman Organic Black Sesame Paste $27.95

If you like tahini, you'll love this luscious black sesame paste from family-owned company Wadaman in Osaka, Japan. Etsuji Wada, fourth-generation owner of Wadaman, has been personally roasting the company's sesame seeds for more than 40 years to bring out their nuanced flavor.

For this paste, black sesame seeds are meticulously sorted, cleaned and run through a ceramic grinder several times to release all their full-bodied oils and nutty flavor compounds. The final product is 100% black sesame, with a dramatic inky color, wonderfully silky consistency and glossy sheen.

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HOW TO USE

Black sesame oil works for both sweet and savory dishes and can be sbustituted for tahini in many recipes for a deeper, more toasted sesame flavor or in Asian dishes wehere Chinese same paste is used. We also like to use this condiment to make a salad dressing: Whisk together 2 tablespoons black sesame paste with 3 to 4 tablespoons of either extra-virgin olive oil or thick whole-milk yogurt. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice or other acid, and season to taste with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. (If necessary, thin with water.) To this base, feel free to add cumin, coriander, cayenne, za’atar and chopped fresh herbs. On the sweet side, drizzle Wadaman's Black Sesame Paste over vanilla ice cream for a visually stunning Japanese-inspired dessert.

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