I love tahini. It is an ancient superfood with extraordinary health properties. And I was thrilled to discover Samythos. Based in Evros, Greece, they are a vertically integrated producer of what I believe is the world's finest tahini. They grow their Evros variety sesame seeds on mountainous organic farmland within the Natura network region, a designated European Ecological Network of areas that are home to rare flora and fauna.
Through the combination of low crop yields and a unique microclimate, Samythos produces certified organic sesame seeds with the highest quality characteristics as measured by their content of essential oils, vitamins, minerals & enzymes. Their sesame seeds are harvested, sorted, washed, and dried by hand, to minimize the risk of damaging the seeds and compromising their quality. As a result of strict production controls, they are able to label their products free of aflatoxin, salmonella, and gluten.
Samythos produces its tahini by first, sprouting and then cold-pressing their sesame seeds. This labor-intensive process maximizes the retention of vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and enzymes of the raw seed.
Tahini is full of essential vitamins and minerals, including:
Tahini is a good source of dietary fiber and contains sesamin and sesamolin. These two unique compounds belong to a special group of beneficial fibers called lignans, which have been shown to have cholesterol-lowering effects in humans. Among commonly consumed nuts and seeds, sesame seeds are the highest source of phytosterols, which are believed to reduced blood levels of cholesterol and enhance the immune response and decrease the risk of certain cancers.