The Need For Seed
Baked seed crackers, seeded buns… they’ve had their day. We invite you to discover less common seeds and experiment with more familiar ones in new ways - like overnight coconut guava basil seed pudding, Cajun puffed lotus seed snack mix, and gomasio – a Japanese black and white sesame seed seasoning blend.
Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history. Each episode explores the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food and/or farming-related topic. We sat down with them recently to discuss how seeds have played a critical role in human history, with a special focus on the origins and flavor of the lotus seed.
Basil Seed: The New Chia
Basil, like chia seeds, give texture and wholesome goodness to both sweet and savory sips and bites. They add a unique pop to juice drinks, shakes and smoothies. Try them in sweet desserts, salad dressings, yogurt, dips, and pasta dishes.
Lotus Seed: Crossing Borders
Lotus seeds have been a favorite in Asian cuisine that should be embraced around the world. Enjoyed as a meal or snack. Sub in dried lotus seeds in place of beans in soups and stews for a new taste. When puffed, these crunchy, floral popcorn-like bites can and will shake up your snack routine.
Sesame Seed: Versatile Wonder
Most are familiar with white sesame seeds, but it’s time to put black sesame on the map too. Toasted together, the two add texture, color and a warm, nutty taste. Double up to add color and contrast for a picture-perfect recipe.