Sesame Sesamum indicum is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum, also called benne.  It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods or “buns”. Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed. With a rich, nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world.

Uses

  • It is a very good source for fiber. Growing research evidence suggests that fiber may play a role in reducing risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  • Nutritious Source of Plant Protein.
  • Sesame seeds are high in methionine and cysteine, these are good sources of protein which is a necessary building block for the body.
  • May also help to lower blood pressure because of its high content of magnesium.
  • Unhulled Sesame seeds are especially rich in nutrients vital to bone health, including calcium. Soaking, roasting, or sprouting sesame seeds can improve absorption of these minerals.
  • Sesame seeds supply iron, copper, and vitamin B6, which are needed for blood cell formation and function.
  • Plant compounds and vitamin E in sesame seeds function as antioxidants, which combat oxidative stress in your body.
  • Sesame seeds can enhance many dishes, including salads, granola, baked goods, and stir-fries. Tahini and sesame flour are other products made out of sesame seeds.