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Sesame Seed

Description

Sesame seeds are the dried, oval-shaped seeds of the herb Sesamum indicum. Sesame seeds are harvested by hand. The seeds have a rich nut-like flavor when toasted. Sesame seeds contain 25 percent protein.

Uses

Sesame seeds are used to add texture and flavor to a variety of breads, rolls, crackers and salad dressings. Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian seasoning blends use crushed, whole and toasted sesame seeds for flavor and texture.




Origins

Most of the sesame seed sold in the United States is grown in Mexico, Central America and China.

Folklore

Sesame seed may be the oldest condiment known to humans and probably was the first crop grown for its edible oil. The Babylonians made sesame cakes, wine and brandy and used the oil for cooking and toiletries. Sesame was used by the Egyptians as a medicine as early as 1500 B.C. "Open Sesame" was the magical password that opened the entrance to the cave in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. This reference is perhaps attributable to the fact that ripe sesame seed pods open with a sharp pop at the slightest touch. Late in the 17th and 18th centuries, slaves brought the seed to America. In some parts of the South, it is still known as "benne," which is its name in the African Bantu languages.

sesame seed,Sesamum indicum herb

    Color

    Pearly white

    Flavor & Aroma

    Nut-like

    Sensory Profile

    Sesame is generally described as having a mild, nut-like flavor which intensifies when toasted. It is characterized by nutty, oily, green and bitter flavor notes.

      Comments
      Shirley Raynes 
      Sep. 1, 2009 6:51 pm
      Is there anyone out there who remembers penny candy,it's was a little rectangle that had these sesame seeds in this kind of clearish sore of hard,but not hard sweet candy...Do u Remember the name of it..or have a recipe 4 it
       
      heather 
      Dec. 11, 2009 12:20 pm
      Made these and was pleased with the results !!!
       
      Suz 
      Dec. 21, 2009 9:32 am
      That sounds like a good idea. I am looking for a recipe for a honeycomb candy (I think one version is called Purple Velvet). It was a honey comb candy bar dipped in chocolate. I used to get it in pieces from the candy store minus the chocolate. It was wonderful. I would like to find a simple recipe (or even a microwave version). Thank you! Happy Holidays!
       
      Jun. 3, 2011 5:29 pm
      You can find these little candy squares at World Market (Cost Plus)Import stores. Yummy!
       
       
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