BE OPEN TO SESAME
We’re obsessed with black sesame seeds after sitting down with The Ranch at Live Oak’s Executive Chef Nina Curtis. In addition to being nutrient dense, containing a whole host of vitamins and minerals, the little black seeds are the ultimate beauty food, says Nina. According to the Chinese herbal medicine book Materia Medica, black sesame seeds act as a tonic to nourish and strengthen the liver, spleen and kidneys. Deficiencies in any of these organs can lead to graying of the hair, so (big tip!) add these seeds to your meal to prevent gray hair growth! Nina’s sesame paste is easy and delicious:
2 cups of black sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seed oil and 1 pinch of salt. Blend. Spread on toast for a nutrient-dense, beautifying and delicious treat.