Sesame is probably the oldest cultivated oil plant in the world and people have probably since then made the delicious -tasting paste from it. The origin of the word is not yet a hundred percent determined. Sometimes it’s suspected to be derived from an Arabic word, sometimes from a Greek one. In writing Tahina surfaced for the first time in an Arab cookbook in the 13th century as an ingredient of hummus kasa. In the US it was first available in health food stores in the 1940ies, in Europe probably a little later. Today Tahina is known worldwide and loved as a dip and as an ingredient in many dishes.