Halva, a flaky tahini-based candy, is served all around the world and loved by Israeli and American Jews alike. A new shop in New York called Seed + Mill makes purchasing halva and other popular Israeli treats even easier. Try their recipe for halva rocky road bars now.
Israeli-born Lisa Mendelson, Australian transplant Rachel Simons and New Yorker Monica Molenaar are bringing these Israeli staple products to the American market, and putting their own distinct twist on things: tahini paste made of toasted sesame seeds freshly milled on site, in front of the customer’s eyes.
To the delight of those who have a nostalgic pull toward all things tahini, these women have made halva into a worthy gift-giving opportunity, and foodies from all over the world are taking notice…
It can be difficult to source tahini outside of the Middle East, so the word has gotten out about Seed + Mill. Just recently, British-Israeli chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi sought out the brand to make a recipe for an American demo of his newly released dessert book, Sweet.