Tahina is most closely associated with the Middle East, where it is eaten as it is, and is often used in making hummus (mashed chickpeas, flavored with lemon juice and garlic), baba ghanoush (a purée of eggplant, lemon juice, garlic, and oil), halvah (a nougat-like dessert), etc. I do not know what the white tahina is specifically for, since it is still a challenge for me to eat tahina of any color, hummus barely, and impossible to eat halvah!
This is what it looks like for those of you with gastronomic curiosity ^__^
Anyway, isn't she beautiful and majestic?
No name please, we do not want to hurt any giraffe's feeling...