Sesame is fantastic. Where to even begin? From its adornment in seed form on breads, bagels and other baked goods, to its use as an oil for cooking and flavoring – sesame is a truly wonderful ingredient. Grab a snack with white sesame seeds on it, try a similar one with black sesame seeds on it and you get a subtly different taste. At a Japanese katsu restaurant, the roughly ground toasted sesame seeds add a delicous nutty aroma and pleasant crunchy texture to the katsu sauce. And let’s not forget tahini (which is actually sesame paste), an important component of various Middle Eastern cuisines and dishes; probably the most famous of which is hummus.