Known as the “seeds of immortality”, sesame seeds are the first recorded seasoning, dating back to 3000 b.c. Assyria.
Sesame seeds are probably the most common seeds used worldwide, and come in shades of ivory, brown, red and black.
Sesame seed has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that makes it versatile for use in baked goods such as breads, pastries, cakes and cookies, as well as Middle Eastern foods including tahini (sesame mash) and halvah (sesame candy).
Sesame seeds provide some calcium, iron and magnesium, as well as a phytonutrient called sesamin.
Selecting and Storing Sesame Seeds
Store sesame seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. They will keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.