I finally found a good source for Tahini (sesame seed paste) here in Greenville. You can get a good size jar for about $5 at The Pita House on Pleasantburg. The Pita House is a delightful little Mediterranean restaurant that also has a small grocery inside! I buy my jams, dried fruits, nuts, etc. there because they’re all natural and cheaper than traditional grocers.
Their tahini is great. I add it to my hummus, and it really does make the difference between okay hummus and outstanding hummus! But it’s not just for hummus anymore! Check out this post on the Whole Foods Blog! It includes recipes for hummus, baba ghanouj (aka eggplant hummus), tahini dips and dressings, and one that I’m particularly interested in: Tahini Candy (“Make ‘candy’ from chopped dates, figs, raisins and tahini all combined in a food processor. Roll it into balls and then into coconut flakes or cocoa or carob powder.”).
So, go pick up some Tahini and try some of the recipes from the Whole Foods Blog today!