Sesame seeds are a flat oval shaped seed with a wonderfully nutty taste and delicate crunch. The whole seed is the main ingredient in two well known middle eastern dishes, tahini and halvah. Yet, they are especially valued for it’s oil which has been shown to be very resistant to becoming rancid and has a high smoke point making it excellent for cooking. This tasty seed is easily found year round.
Sesame seeds also known by its botanical name sesamum indicum are believed to possibly be one of the first condiments as well as edible oils used from a plant source. It is thought that these seeds first originated in Africa or India where they were a symbol of immortality. The Persians, Babylonians and Egyptians all cultivated and used it for both medicinal and culinary purposes. The first written accounts was from the Assyrians dating back to 3000 BC. The sesame seed was brought to America by African slaves where it has been a well loved cultivated crop ever since. Unlike many other seeds, sesame comes in 4 colors, though black and white are the most commonly available.
While this seed can be found very easily year round, it tends to grow very well in tropical climates from the spring to the fall. Each sesame plant grows approximately 15-20 fruits which contain 80-100 seeds per fruit. They mature in 100 days and the ripe capsule bursts open to scatter its seeds. Depending on the conditions this plant can grow from .5 to 2.5 meters tall with white flowers shaped like a trumpet. Generally, you will see one to three flowers appear on the leaf axils. The original reasons this food gained such popularity is for the amazingly versatile oil it contains. The oil is used in shortenings, cooking, soaps and pharmaceuticals. This is because the oil is very stable even at high temperatures unlike so many other plant based oils.
This tiny seed packs a powerful punch of nourishment. There is about 573 calories per 100 grams of sesame seeds and a good portion come from its nourishing fats. According to the USDA nutritional database of the 100 gram serving, 23.45 grams is from carbs, 11.8 grams is from fiber, 17.73 is from protein and 49.67 is from fats. The fats contained in sesame seeds are 50% mono-unsaturated oleic acid. These research on these fats have shown to support a healthy lipid profile which may support cardiovascular and neurological health. In the plant kingdom sesame seeds are known to be one of the better sources of phytosterols. These are compounds found in plants that have a very similar structure to cholesterol and as science has proven many times over, the presence of cholesterol is very important in the production of healthy hormones.
Sesame seeds are a powerhouse of minerals. According to the USDA nutrition database per a 100 gram serving it contains 975 mgs of calcium, 4 mgs copper, 351 mgs of magnesium, 2.4 mg of manganese, 629 mgs phosphorus, 7.7 mgs of zinc and 460 mgs of potassium. As you know much research has concluded that minerals from food sources possibly play a vital role in supporting healthy bones, hormones and blood cell structures. A handful of this simple, delicious food nourishes you with well above the recommended amounts of nutrients, fatty acids and phytonutrients. So, the next time you are looking for a nourishing snack or to take your meal up a notch nutritionally make this tasty, nutty seed your first choice.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Hulled Sesame Seeds may include:
● May support healthy lipid levels
● May support cardiovascular health
● May support brain health
● May support joint health
● May support hormonal health
● May support healthy bowels
● May support blood health
● A source of nourishing fats, fiber and protein
● May support bone health
Constituents of Sesame Seeds include:
● Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese
● Vitamins: B - Complex (no B12)
● Fiber, Protein
● Fatty Acids: Mono and Polyunsaturated, Oleic Acid
● Phytosterols: Beta-sitoserol
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Suggested Use: Mix 1 teaspoons to recipes, juice or add to your favorite smoothie.
Mixing Suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with any food or powder you want to give a nutty flavor too.
Botanical Name: Sesamum indicum.
Ingredients: Raw Sesame Seeds.
Origin: Grown and harvested in Ethiopia. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Certifications: USDA Certified Organic.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Hulled Sesame Seeds are certified organic and passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Organic Hulled Sesame Seeds packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Organic Hulled Sesame Seeds in a cool, dark, dry place.