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Sesame Seed

Sesame Seed

General Description: The small cream-white sesame seeds are the seed of an annual herb, Sesamum indicum and are well known in the United States for their use on hamburger buns. They have a nutty flavor and also exude an oil that is used for cooking.

Uses: Sesame seeds are often used in breads, crackers, candy, and bagels. Sesame seeds in various forms are used extensively in Japanese, Chinese, and Middle Eastern dishes.

History: Sesame Seed is probably the oldest condiments grown for its taste. The term “open sesame” was made popular from the Arabian book “Thousand and One Nights”. The term probably refers to the semase seeds ability to pop at the slightest touch when ripe. Africans brought sesame seeds, which was know as “benne”, with them to the United States during the slave trade.

Origin: Sesame seed is produced mainly in the United States, Mexico, and China.

Shelf Life: 3-4 Years