Goma aburi-ki


Sesame seed roasting pot 胡麻あぶり器
goma aburi-ki

Sesame is an important ingredient in Chinese cooking and used in many preparations. Since Chinese quisine is very popular in Japan too, sesame is used as cooking oil, as hot-spiced oil (ra-yu 辣油 ラーユ) with chilli peppers or in many variations of black or white sesame seeds on the table to put on rice or in soup (iri-goma いり胡麻)。Freshly roasted sesame seeds are especially delicious, hence this seed roasting pot for home use.

Short information about the SESAME plant.
Sesamum indicum or orientale cultivated for its seeds since ancient times, found chiefly in the tropics of Africa and Asia. Sesame seeds, also called bennes or gingellies, are black or white and yield an oil that resists turning rancid. The oil (known also as teel oil) is used extensively in India for cooking, soap manufacture, food, and medicine and as an adulterant for olive oil. The seeds are also popularly added to cookies and other baked goods and are made into candy (e.g., benne cakes). Sesame was introduced by African slaves to the U.S. South, where it sometimes becomes a weed. The sesame was once credited with mystic powers. Sesame is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Serophulariales, family Pedaliaceae.

This piece with a lovely humorous Daruma san is from the early Showa period.

This is a kind of hooroku pot for roasting things.

Photo from my friend Ishino.

Hooroku Jizo ほうろく地蔵


Daruma Museum


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