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The Surprising Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

The Surprising Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

People around the world have been enjoying the health benefits and unique flavour of sesame seeds for thousands of years, so these popular little gems happen to appear in recipes across many culture.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

Bursting forth from the pods of the Sesamum indicum plant comes one of the most ancient foods: sesame seeds. Traced back to before Babylonian times, these seeds are prized for their oil and nutty taste, which develops more when they are roasted or ground. Throughout  history, the small, oval seeds have had many uses, including being harvested for oil (they have one of the highest oil contents of any seed), often used in Asian cooking; sprinkled over the top of simit, which is a circular bread made in Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece; made into an East Asian honey-based sweet called gangjeong; or blended into tahini paste.

Black, white or yellow, the colour of the seeds makes little to no difference in terms of taste. Keep seeds fresh by storing in an airtight container in a cool and dark place.

Did you know? Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium. Try sesame milk as an alternative to dairy if you are lactose-intolerant or trying to cut back on cow’s milk.

Our sesame recipes are sure to inspire you:

Mushrooms with Spring Onion Sesame & Roast Garlic served with Wild Rocket

Date and Pumpkin Lamb Shanks with Barley Sesame Salad

Apricot & Sesame Bliss Balls

Sesame-Crusted Beef with Ponzu Dressing

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