Favorite Japanese Super Foods: Sesame ごま

Goma ごま is sesame and it is everywhere in Japan. Packed with protein, calcium, iron and fiber, it’s in delicious salad dressings that come with or without mayonnaise. Or it’s goma-ae, a sesame sauce that is used with spinach and other vegetables. Then there’s goma-dofu,  sesame tofu that looks like soy tofu but it’s sesame! Then there are the toasted sesame balls at the Nishiki Market in Kyoto. I can still smell their scent. Out of this world delicious!

Sesame pounding at a shop at Nishiki Market in Kyoto, Japan.

Sesame is definitely one of those favorite Japanese super foods of mine, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. The super food benefits go on and on. There’s even a seasoning similar to salt made from unhulled sesames called gomashio ごま塩 https://www.umami-insider.com/sesame-its-importance-in-japanese-cuisine/

Sesame balls, Kyoto, Japan.
Sesame balls from a shop at Nishiki Market in Kyoto

There are black sesames, white sesames, golden sesames. They are used on the outside of sushi, or as delicious sesame balls. I personally cannot get enough of dark sesame oil. The scent drives me wild and I like to put it in everything. You can even massage your skin with it! An ayurvedic trick for we vata types! Start adding sesame to your diet today.

Kelp with sesame.
Kelp with Sesame. One of my favorites! Double superfood combo. At the United Lounge at Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

More Reading About Japanese Super Foods

Sesame tofu menu in Osaka
Menu with sesame tofu at Toufuryourisorano in Osaka
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