What is Sesame?:
Scientific Name: Sesamum indicum
Other names: Ajonjoli, Benne, Gingelly, Sesamol/Sesamolina, Sim-sim, Tahina/Tahini, Teel/Til
Dishes containing sesame: hummus, baba ghanoush, dim sum, siuggiuleni, goma-dofu, gomasho, halvah, khao phan, milagi podi, til pitha, tilor laru, wangila
Foods that can contain sesame: baked goods, breakfast cereals/bars, candy, crackers, marinades, noodles, snacks, salad dressings, sauces, soups, vegetable oils, vegetarian burgers
Cosmetics with sesame: body oils, eye products, lip balms, moisturizing creams, ointments, soaps
Description: Sesame seed is a seed from the sesame plant that is one of the first oil crops used by humans (other major oil crops are soybean, peanut, and rapeseed). Chinese people have used sesame seeds for more than 5000 years, and currently China, India, Myanmar, Sudan, and Tanzania are major producers. Sesame has an aromatic odor and mellow flavor, and is used to make a variety of food products such as sesame oil and sesame paste, as well as for decoration of foods like baked goods and snacks.