La Tourangelle Toasted Sesame Oil - 250ml - Japan
Authentically japanese, this golden brown toasted sesame oil adds a rich, nutty flavor to your vinaigrettes, stir-frys and BBQ marinades. Not over-powering, this oil adds just the right amount of toasty sesame punch.
History of Sesame oil Sesame oil, also known as Gingelly Oil and Til Oil, is an ancient ingredient. The Assyrians used it as a cooking oil more than 2500 years ago. It was an expensive delicacy back then, and a hundred years later in Persia it was still an oil only the rich could afford. Today, it's still used as a medicine in India, and oil pressed from the raw sesame seeds is commonly used as a massage oil in Ayurvedic medicine.
Sesame seed oil is low in saturated fatty acid content and high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (about 40% omega 6 and 40% omega 9) content making it a very healthy oil - although best to keep it refigerated once opened, as the high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids makes sesame oil somewhat delicate; medium smoke point of 275 degrees. Raw sesame oil has a much higher smoke point due to the high concetration of anti-oxidants, and raw is suitable for high-temperature cooking. Where toasted sesame oil is used primarily as a flavor-adding ingredient to asian and indian dishes.
Production processLa Tourangelle has partnered with one of the oldest Japanese oil mills to bring you this toasted sesame oil, crafted in central Japan following traditional methods that are over 270-years-old. Sesame seeds are slowly roasted using lower temperatures. The result is a lighter colored, more richly flavored oil with a subtle, toasted taste.
The production of Sesame Oil begins with sesame seeds harvested from South America or Africa. The seeds are toasted and then expeller (machine) pressed to extract the oil. This oil is filtered several times and then bottled.
It's a question of quality
The quality of Sesame Oil in general varies depending on the quality of the seeds, and the length and temperature of the toasting process. While nearly all the Sesame Oil now available in the U.S. and in Europe is produced in China or Taiwan using methods that involve production shortcuts, La Tourangelle's Japanese partner uses only the freshest, highest quality seeds that they then painstakingly cleaned and slow toast to produce the best quality product, and maintain the integrity of the oil and it's unique and wonderful flavor. Japanese craftsmanship in the production of sesame oil is recognized as superior throughout Asia.
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