Did You Know?
The password ‘Open Sesame’ from the tale of Ali Baba was probably inspired by the sharp popping sound and spring-like action of a ripe Sesame pod opening. Sesame Seed is often cultivated for its oil which is excellent in cooking. The Babylonians made cakes, wine and brandy from Sesame Seeds and used the oil for cooking and toiletries. Sesame Seeds are believed to be slightly laxative.
Sesame Seeds should be pearly white and even sized with a fresh nutty flavour.
Lightly toast the seeds and sprinkle over salads, breads or into stir frys. To make prawn toast, sprinkle the seeds liberally over bread topped with mashed prawns and shallow fry.
Energy per 100g: 634 KCal
Protein per 100g: 24.5 g
Carbohydrates per 100g: 16.2 g
Fat per 100g: 52.4 g