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SPEND: A Spectacular Take on a Beloved Middle-Eastern Sweet

Seed & Mill is your new go-to for fresh halva, tahini, and sesame ice cream.
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Photographer: Evan Ortiz/Bloomberg

Seed & Mill’s glass case is full of halva—great big blocks of the crumbly, flaky Middle-Eastern sesame candy, dappled here with rose petals and pistachios, cocoa nibs, and cardamom husks. The tiny shop in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market has more than 20 flavors of the sweet, all of which are produced in Israel, along with a supersmooth and runny tahini, or sesame seed butter, which is milled on site behind the register.

You can go through a 9-ounce jar of tahini very quickly. A few suggestions for how to do this: Drizzle it over roasted vegetables, or use it to thicken a salad dressing. I love Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe for meatballs roasted under a simple, vinegar-spiked tahini sauce, and last fall, I couldn’t stop baking Lisa Ludwinski’s pumpkin pie, which hides this sweet, jammy layer of tahini-walnut paste. I can’t wait to try the Seed & Mill team’s extraordinarily simple recipe for sesame truffles: Mix equal parts melted chocolate and tahini and set in a tin lined with plastic wrap in the freezer. Genius.