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Scientific Name: Sesamum indicum

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Sesamum indicum


  • Perennial
  • Sesame is native to Africa.
  • It is an erect strong-smelling annual with white, tubular, bell-shaped flowers followed by oblong seed capsules.
  • Sesamum is an important oilseed and food source.
  • The seeds have a delicious nutty taste and nut-like aroma.
  • It needs well-drained soil, is draught tolerant and needs full sun.

Culinary Uses

  • The seeds are eaten raw or roasted.
  • Dry, roasted or toasted seeds are used in breads, cakes, biscuits and pastries - also to garnish and flavour vegetables.
  • Ground seeds are made into a paste mixed with honey as halva, or salt.
  • It is also used to thicken sauces, soups and stews.
  • The oil is used in cooking and salad dressing.
  • Leaves are eaten in salads or cooked as a vegetable.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and seeds.
  • Capsules are gathered by hand as they progressively ripen along the stems.
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