Sesame Seeds


Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible, crunch to many Asian dishes. They are also the main ingredients in tahini (sesame seed paste) and the wonderful Middle Eastern sweet call halvah. They are available throughout the year.

Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. "Open sesame"—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. The scientific name for sesame seeds is Sesamun indicum

Sesame Seeds, dried
0.25 cup
(36.00 grams)
Calories: 206
GI: very low

 copper1                  63%

 manganese            39%

 calcium                   35%

 phosphorus           32%

 magnesium           30%

 iron                         29%

 zinc                         25%

 molybdenum        24%

 selenium                23%

 vitamin B1             23%
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