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Sesame seeds are the most popular oilseed crop grown in the world. They have been cultivated for more than 3000 years, and sesame seed oil is one of the oldest edible oils. Sesame seeds are the most commonly used seed in Asian cuisine but can also be found in many Middle Eastern dishes. Sesame seeds are grown in tropical climates and can be eaten raw or toasted. They have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and are high in oil content. Sesame is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Origin: India

Flavor profile: mild nutty flavor

Used in: Tahini, Stir fries, Rice dishes

Health Benefits: The seeds are high in protein, particularly rich in calcium, iron, and magnesium. They also contain vitamin B1 (thiamine), riboflavin, niacin, and folate. It has been shown to help reduce skin dryness, eczema, and psoriasis.