Sesame is one of the oldest known cereals. Already 3000 years ago it was grown in the Middle East, from where it spread to the second millennium to India. Early civilizations of the Orient as well as Greeks and Romans used sesame to process it to oil or use it as a herb. Today, the sesame plant is cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas.
Sesame has a delicate, nutty flavor and one of the highest proportions of all known oil seeds. The seeds of herbaceous plant consist of one-fifth of protein and to 50 percent of fat – the majority of which is unsaturated fatty acids. In addition, sesame contains a lot of selenium, an essential trace element that stimulates the metabolism and immune system support.
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