These small seeds are often considered the symbol of immortality and is one of the first oilseeds known to mankind.
It is a herbaceous plant native to India, Sri Lanka and Africa, Sesamum indicum. There are two types of sesame seeds: black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are a valuable source of nutrients packed in such a tiny seed.
It's time we learn to exploit these little gems more often! Not only because they enrich and complement our dishes, but especially because they hide, indeed, a great treasure of nutritious benefits. Like their oilseed cousins, including sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, or pistachios, sesame seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids. They are indeed healthy. Rich in calcium, sesame seeds have many other properties starting with helping maintain good cardiovascular health.
The sesame plant is currently grown mainly in India, China and Burma, but is also found in Greece and parts of southern Italy.
Here at Rani's we use sesame seeds in several of our products. Both Thala Guli / Sesame Balls and Ellu Paa are made mainly with the white sesame seeds. They are both delicious and nutritious and freshly made.