The Versatility of Seeds
There are an abundance of different applications of seeds, many of which are quite popular; however, these versatile bits play innumerable roles in baking, cooking, and the culinary world as a whole. Below are some of the most interesting means of making use of many of the kinds of kernels that we carry.
Seeds as Emulsifiers
Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, and sesame seeds are used in traditional mole recipes to give the complex sauce its signature savor while simultaneously adding to its thick, hearty texture. The creamy consistency of the delicate blend along with its rich, intricate flavors are what make mole such a beloved dish. Similarly, sesame seeds can act as a substitute for pine nuts to create a rich and thick pesto that complements your pasta just as well as the classic kind.
Ground mustard make a great way to spice up a dish with a thick, sharp sauce that pairs well with chicken, vegetables, and fish. Similarly, fenugreek, or methi seeds, can be used to make curry pastes and powders that provide a piquant palate for any plate. But seeds don’t have to thicken the dressing of a dish to add to its flavor.
Seeds as Spices
Our celery seeds can be easily ground with salt to create a delectable celery salt to season your favorite dishes. Mustard seeds, dill seeds, and fennel seeds can be added directly to a dish to naturally saturate the food with deep, spicy savors. While mustard seeds add that same familiar flavor from the common condiment, fennel seeds will supply a more earthy, herbal relish and a hint of both sweet and bitter savors. Dill seeds offer a similarly distinctive taste with a soft blend of sweet and citrus that perks up any dish.
Many of our seeds can be enjoyed right out of the bag for a tasty treat available anytime. For a savory snack, try roasting pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds and adding a sprinkle of salt. Other seeds, such as alfalfa, flax, hemp, and milk thistle are packed with nutrition and can be enjoyed as a healthy treat without added preparation. These seeds can also be mixed into granola, salads, and similar dishes to be eaten as is as part of a wholly wholesome assortment.
While certain varieties such as sunflower seeds and pepitas can be baked on their own to create a delectable finger food, others are ideal for including in muffins, cookies, and similar confections to add a crunch with a delectable taste. Pumpkin seeds can be dropped atop a pumpkin bread to add a nutty flavor and wholesome crunch. Black sesame seeds, those still in their shells, make for a functional garnish for your favorite cookie recipes.
One of the most popular seeds in baking is the poppy seed, which adds an addictive, biting crisp to bagels, muffins, and cakes. Poppy seeds and sesame seeds both add nutritive value to their desserts while also offering a savory sensation that often defines a dish. While these seeds often lend themselves to the sweeter side of baked goods, flax seeds and caraway seeds offer ideal ingredients for more standard, savory breads.
Health Benefits of Seeds
Seeds are rich in healthy oils that can boost energy, enhance cardiovascular health, maintain cerebral well-being, and support immune function. While the exact contents of the seeds vary from species to species, each offers a blend of protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants that work to contribute to your overall health. Our website aims to convey the full extent of these benefits, and you can learn more about the nutritional benefits of each seed, as well as possible uses and recipes for the variety, on the web pages listed above.