Organic - India
Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fibre.
Sesame seed is a versatile seed that can be used in many of the same ways as nuts. The seed has a nutty, sweet aroma with a milk-like, buttery taste. When toasted, its flavour intensifies, yielding an almost almond- or peanut butter-like flavour. Rich in calcium, vitamins B and E, iron, and zinc, sesame is high in protein and contains no cholesterol. It is a key ingredient in a variety of world cuisines, especially Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean. Sesame is thought to be one of the oldest spices known to man and is likely the first crop grown for its edible oil. Babylonians used the oil to make sesame cakes, wine, brandy, and toiletries. From as early as 1500 B.C, Egyptians believed sesame to have medicinal powers. What's more, the famous phrase "Open Sesame" was the magical password that opened the entrance to the cave in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. This reference is perhaps attributable to the fact that ripe sesame seeds burst from their pods with a sharp pop. In Africa, sesame seed was called benne and considered good luck. Today, in the southern United States, sesame seed is still widely known as benne.