In this batch of Gomasio, we’ve avoided ingredients that lean strictly toward savory ingredients. While it excels on salads and vegetables, its talent for seasoning is ambidextrous. Sweet foods like fruits frozen yogurt stand to gain just as much from the Gomasio as their savory counterparts.
Most applications of Gomasio are as a finishing component. Still, it is well suited to be an ingredient included in the cooking process. It can be used with crunchy breadcrumbs for a crispy breading, directly in marinades for meats and vegetables, and as the salt in homemade soups or sauces.
Expect this product, like the rest of the farm, to change naturally in accordance with the seasons. As ingredients come and go, the Gomasio will evolve to either incorporate or pair well with the vegetables available.
Gomasio Seasoning: How to Use Gomasio
Farmer Jones Farm Gomasio is a seasoning composed primarily of toasted sesame seeds, delicate flakes of kosher salt, and a blend of herbs from the farm. With ingredients like bee pollen and plum sorrel playing supporting roles, this batch of Gomasio is a friend to many foods.
Salads: Salads of all kinds, including those served warm, love to be seasoned with Gomasio. To best enjoy it, omit the salt from your salad dressing or opt for a low-sodium option. You can add Gomasio directly to the salad when dressing it or use it as desired atop individual portions.
Vegetables: Vegetables, whether steamed, chilled, raw as crudités, grilled, marinated, fried, or prepared in any manner of ways, are a natural home for Gomasio. A simple way to get to know this versatile seasoning is to use a sprinkling of it directly on cooked vegetables dressed with a light, unseasoned vinaigrette. The delicate crunch of the sesame seeds and the aromas of the dried herbs will be a delicious departure from the pure salt usually in their place.
Fruits: You can use Gomasio with excellent results on stone fruits, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, citrus segments, and tropical fruits. While fantastic in cold preparations, don’t feel limited to a narrow temperature range. Consider warm grape salads, baked peaches, blistered tomatoes, and grilled pineapple slices.
Meats: Like other ingredients, meats do well with flavorful seasoning. Try Gomasio on roasted chicken, grilled steak, juicy pork chops, and ribs. You can season meats with Gomasio before or after cooking and even use it in marinades or glazes. A compound butter flavored with Gomasio is a beautiful accompaniment to many meat proteins.
Seafood: Gomasio is a superb accompaniment to the many kinds of seafood full of umami and mineral-rich flavor. Shellfish, finfish, and crustaceans all do well with a light sprinkling. Try Gomasio on raw oysters, broiled salmon, grilled shrimp, and steamed fish.
Desserts: For a bit of complexity and saltiness, try this sesame seasoning on ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, chocolate-dipped fruit, and homemade cookies. The salty, sweet, and herbaceous marriage will leave you thinking about the experience long after your last bite.
Grains & Noodles: Quinoa, rice, pasta, rice noodles, buckwheat noodles, and even cauliflower rice all love Gomasio. When pairing Gomasio with carbohydrate-rich foods, we recommend cooking grains or pasta with little to no seasoning. Then, use the Gomasio like you would furikake or parmesan cheese.
Miscellaneous: Popcorn, cookies, fresh mozzarella, yogurt, and homemade sweet potato fries all pair swimmingly with Gomasio. Try creative variations of your favorite foods by seasoning them with Gomasio in place of salt. If you find something you love, share it with us!
Health Benefits of Gomasio Seasoning
Sesame seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Toasting the sesame seeds not only makes them taste delicious but also reduces the “anti-nutrients” naturally found in sesame seeds, allowing you to absorb more of the minerals they contain.
Salt helps to bring out the incredible flavor of our vegetables. Gomasio is a great option to enhance flavor while using less salt overall.
Bee pollen from the bees on our farm provides a great nutritional boost to this Gomasio. Bee pollen has been found to contain eighteen vitamins and all of the essential amino acids. As you may have guessed from the name, bee pollen contains pollen, so it is not recommended to consume this if you have a severe allergy.
Kombu is a good source of iodine (essential for thyroid function), iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C.
Seasonal micro herbs from the farm are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Caution: This product contains sesame seeds and bee pollen, which can cause severe allergic reactions.