What are Sesame seeds?

Sesame is a flowering plant n the genus Sesamum, also called benne. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and smaller number in India. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, wich grow in pods or "buns".
Sesame seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops known, domesticated well over 3000 years ago. 
Sesame has one of the hifhest oil contents of any seed. With a rich, nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world.



Source of Sesame seeds

World production of sesame seeds was 4.2 million tonnes, led by India and mainland China. One of the largest producers of the crop is Sudan, with a record of over 0.7 million tons on year 2013.

General uses

Producing sesame oil:  Used as a cooking oil in different parts of the world, has a distinctive pleasant aroma and taste, and is used as table condiment in some regions.

✓ Sesame seeds are sometimes added to bread, including bagels and the tops of hamburger buns.

✓  About 75% of Mexico's sesame crop is purchased by McDonald's for use in their sesame seed buns world wide.

✓  Sesame seeds may be baked into crackers, often in the form of sticks. In Sicily and France, the seeds are eaten on bread. In Greece, the seeds are also used in cakes.

✓  Sesame seeds are made into a paste called tahini (used in various ways, including hummus bi tahini) and the Middle Eastern confection halvah.

Who is using

Many food manufacturers are using sesame seeds to produce oil and baking supplements. Here are some