One of the first oil seeds known to humankind, sesame seeds have been widely employed in culinary as well as traditional medicines for their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. Sesame is an important sources of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber. The sesame plant requires well-drained sandy soil and tropical environment to flourish. It grows about 5 feet in height and bears plenty of pink-white foxglove type flowers. The pods appear soon, containing white, brown, or black seeds depending upon the cultivar type,
The Sesame plant is a tall annual herb in the Pedaliaceae family, which grows extensively in Asia, particularly in Burma, China, and India and have a delicate nutty flavor. Their flavor indeed becomes more pronounced once they are gently roasted under low flame heat for a few minutes.
Sesame seeds are used liberally in cooking. The seeds ground with olive or any other vegetable oils to prepare semi-solid, flavorful paste, which is then added to different cuisine.
The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
Sesame seeds have been used for over 5000 years in many cultures as they have a fabulous nutritional profile, along with their capabilities in fighting, preventing, and reversing illness and disease.
Sesame seeds are great for your skin as they are very high in zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders. They are great for anyone on a High-Protein Vegetarian Diet as the seeds contain 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.
Sesame seeds have a delicate nutty flavor. Sesame seeds are used liberally in cooking. Dry, roasted sesame seeds and vegetable oil are ground into a thin light brown color paste known as tahini. Tahini is one of the main ingredients in famous middle-eastern dip, hummus.
Sesame seeds can be added so many recipes, sprinkled over toasts, biscuits, rice, breads, cakes, salads, stir fries, etc.
They also work brilliantly in raw food recipes and make the perfect sprinkle.
Per 9g serving:
Protein 2 Carbs 2 Calories 52
All figures are approximate and can vary.
Please consult your doctor before taking any products.