Sesame seed is the oldest oilseed crop known, domesticated well over 5000 years ago.
Sesame is the highest oil contents of any seed. With a rich nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world.
Sesame seeds come in many colours like White, Buff, Tan, Gold, Brown, Reddish, Gray and Black
Sesame seed hulls are often removed since they contain 2 to 3 percent oxalic acid, which can interfere with the absorption of calcium and give a bitter flavor.
Prime season for sesame seeds is between September and April when the new crops are harvested. Cologne is made from sesame flowers. The oilcakes left after pressing sesame oil are rich in protein and are used as cattle feed and as a subsistence food.