Black Sesame seeds -Easy to Grow. Can stored up to 5yrs, Asian Vegetable
Black SESAME Seeds-Benne, easy to Grow.(Organic ,Fresh Untreated seeds) Can stored up to 5yrs
Black Sesame is a very early maturing, dependable cultivar that likes hot weather.
Pumpkin seeds come from pumpkins, sunflower seeds come from sunflowers and sesame seeds come fromâ¦ sesames? Actually, sesame seeds come from a tropical plant called Sesamum indicum which is believed to have originated in Africa and today is commercially cultivated mostly in India, China and Mexico. In the Caribbean and southern U.S., sesame seeds are often known by the African name, benne.
The seeds, which vary in color grow in pods which burst open when ripe. This is said to be the basis of the magic phrase of âopen sesameâ in the Arabian Nights.
In cooking, sesame seeds are not just important as a decoration on Big Macs. For their diminutive size, they pack a potent array of nutrients. They are a good source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and zinc.
Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, an important mineral element in the bodyâs anti-inflammatory systems which has been known to help reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
In addition, sesame seeds have been found to have the highest levels of phytosterols among the most common seeds and nuts in America. Phytosterols are plant compounds believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol. Their cholesterol-lowering effect may be heightened by the presence of two lignans they contain called sesamin and sesamolin.
The seeds can be eaten whole, ground into a paste known as tahini or processed into an oil. They have a mild, nutty flavor and a slight crunch.
GROWING SESAME SEEDS
Start plants indoors a few weeks before the last frost ensures a successful harvest. Germinate plants indoors by planting seeds Â¼â deep in a rich growing medium. Kept moist, plants will emerge in 10-14 days and will be ready to transplant once outside temperatures reach 70 degrees.
Once established, sesame is drought-tolerant and will grow to 3-5 feet or taller with white and sometimes pink flowers. Plant sesame in full sunlight spaced 2-3 feet apart to allow healthy development. Once established, sesame can thrive even in high temperatures with little water.
Flowers will eventually develop into dozens of elongated seed pods. Seeds are ready to be harvested when these pods turn brown and begin to open. Mature seed pods are delicate and should be picked carefully to avoid seed loss.
Archeological evidence suggests that the sesame plant was grown at least 2500 years ago and it has a rich mythological heritage. An Assyrian legend tells of the gods drinking a wine made from sesame seeds on the day before they created the world.
This food crop is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. It was a highly prized in Babylon and Assyria at least 4,000 years ago! In Hindu legend the seeds are a symbol of immortality. The Egyptians and Persians ground the seeds into flour, while the Romans made a spread for bread. Today, in China, Japan and India it is an important source of cooking oil. Sesame (Sesamum indicum ) or AjonjolÃ, as itâs known in Spanish, arrived in the New World Tropics with the early colonists, and many Latin American countries are still today traditional producers of sesame
Try them in this lovely, refreshing summer salad.
Gabrielleâs Spinach, Strawberry and Sesame Salad
2 bags of pre-washed baby spinach
4 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
Â½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Â½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Â¼ cup white wine vinegar
Â¼ cup sesame seeds
Coarse unrefined sea salt
Coarsely ground black pepper
Whisk together the mustard, olive oil and vinegar. Add sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour dressing over spinach and strawberries and toss until well coated.
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