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 dating back to as early as 1600 BC. 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 contain sesamin and sesamolin, substances that is believed to prevent high blood pressure and protect the liver against damage.
  • Sesame seed is a good source of Vitamin E, that is why it can help strengthen the heart and the nervous system.
  • Sesame oil can help remove wrinkles and other skin diseases when applied externally.
  • The oil is also used to remove the milk like crust form on the face and head of an infant.
  • A large amount of sesame seed can help in increasing weight because it is high in calories.
  • Half cup of sesame seeds contains 3 times more calcium than half cup of whole milk.
  • It is valuable in removing intestinal worm and removing pus formation in the body.