about sesame seeds


Sesame (ses´eme) is the dried, oval-shaped seed of the herb Sesamum indicum. Also known as Til, bennes and gingelly, it is the oldest the oldest oilseed crop known to humanity.

Sesame has many species of which most originated from sub-Saharan Africa while Sesame indicum originated from India. As per historical mentions, sesame was traded as early as 2000 BC between the Indian sub-continent and Mesopotamia. The crop finds mention as a medicinal drug in ancient Egyptian scrolls and was grown in Turkey at least 2750 years ago as per archeological reports.

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