Characteristics: nutty flavor
Commonly used as: a garnish or in candy
Sesame seeds are commonly used in a huge variety of cultures. They can be used as a garnish topping, adding subtle flavors to a dish or as the main ingredient in candies and pastries. They are the key ingredient to sesame seed oil.
An interesting snippet about sesame seeds is that it used to top all food served to Korean royalty, in order to prove that the dish had not been poisoned and tampered with.
Sesame seeds are a great garnish for any Asian dish, especially on this cucumber kimchi.