Sesame are generally known as the seeds from the sesame herb.
This is the most used seed globally and is a main source of inclusion
in foods in the Middle East. Sesame foods such as tahini and halva
originated from there.
Sesame seeds are often used in breads dishes and sprinkled on both
sweet and savoury dishes. The sesame herb can be eaten raw, dried, or
roasted or cooked with all kinds of foods, it is entirely versatile. It
contains amino acids and this has been proven benefits for a healthy
Sesame as a result are an excellent source of calcium and would
benefit in a natural calcium supplement for those who can't drink milk
from cows. The seeds have also been found to give a mild antioxidant
effect. They possess a skin softening agent and are used as nourishing
tonics as well as a laxative.
There are three varieties of sesame, the black seed, white seed and red seed.
- The black seeds yields the best oil and also most appropriate for medicinal purposes.
- The white seeded sesame is used for its calcium content
- The red seeds are rich in iron is used in foods that lack iron.
The oil is highly praised for its medicinal value and used in Indian
food as it has a fine flavor and high boiling point which is
characteristic of Indian food.
The use of sesame seeds in sweet meats or as a ground paste with
water and butter to treat hemorrhoids. Externally it is an excellent
remedy for ulcers, burns and scalds. In addition the sesame seed cures dysentery and diarrhea problems as well as respiratory and menstrual disorders.
The seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry
place. This will be fine for up to 3 months or refrigerated up to 6
months. They can of course be frozen and will keep for a year.