Sesame seeds are derived from the sesame plant, which is one of the oldest oilseed plants in the world. It is extremely resilient and can be grown in a variety of climatic conditions. The Sesame seeds are very small in size, about 2 mm wide and 3-4 mm long. They are ensconced within small pods that line the plant’s axes.
Originally, they were native to India and parts of Africa, although many other countries are now cultivating them as well. Although it is an oily seed, the fat content in Sesame seeds it is largely the healthy variety, which is why it is one of the healthier cooking oils used across the globe. Sesame seeds can be purchased unshelled or shelled.
Sesame seeds are a good source of healthy fats, protein, B vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. Regularly eating substantial portions of these seeds — not just an occasional sprinkling on a burger bun — may aid blood sugar control, combat arthritis pain, and lower cholesterol.