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Spicy Saturday: Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are tiny, smooth, oval, flat seeds. These come from an annual tropical plant called Sesamum Indicum which is native to Africa but now is largely grown in India. Sesame seeds are used to make sesame seed oil. It is used in Southern India.

Sesame seeds are white, black, and brown colors. The seeds are fragrance-free and mildly sweet. Sesame seeds are supposed to have a warming effect on the body. Sesame seeds are considered beneficial in aiding respiratory and digestive functions of the body.

Health benefits are it reduces cholesterol and triglycerides, may lower blood pressure, may support healthy bones. It is also a good source of Vitamin B, Copper, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus. Sesame seeds when toasted give a nutty flavor. Sesame seeds are used in Indian cuisine mostly in desserts. Sometimes it is also used in fish dishes.

Storage of sesame seeds is done in the fridge. The shelf life of sesame seeds is very short since it gets rancid if stored in a pantry very quickly.

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