Sesame seeds are classified as condiments and are the oldest ones known to man. Sesame oil is what is most valued and is totally resistant to rancidity. Remember Arabian Nights? The phrase “open Sesame” is relative to the sesame seed pod which opens itself when it is mature.
Rich in Beneficial Minerals
An excellent source of copper Sesame Seeds provide immense relief in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not only does it reduce the pain but it also reduces the swelling in the joints.
- Presence of magnesium supports the overall well being of the vascular and respiratory health. It also aids by preventing the occurrence of airway spasms in Asthma. Considering it reduces the blood pressure, the risks of heart attacks and diseases are also reduced with regular intake of sesame seeds
- Sesame seeds can really help retain peace in women passing through menopause.
- Calcium present in Sesame seeds Prevents Colon Cancer, PMS and bone and joint pains
A controversy on Hull and Un-hulled seeds:
There is a lot of difference between the content of calcium seeds in hulled sesame and Un-hulled sesame. For the hulled seeds about, 88 mg of Calcium is present. Without the hull, the calcium content reduces to 37 mg.
This is why choosing the type of seeds is very beneficial for you. If you like eating Tahini, then you are certainly compromising on the quantity of the calcium intake. On the contrary, if you are interested in Sesame Butter, which is made from hulled seeds, the content of calcium is retained along with the creamy taste.
How to Select and Store?
Packaged seeds are available in containers and bulk bins. Just like other packaged foods that you purchase, make sure that you check the expiration date and sealing of the pack you are buying. You also need to be very sure that there is no moisture in the packet. Basically, sesame seeds have very high oil content. This can make them smell and become rancid at times. Smell the bins to make sure that they are fresh.
For the Un-hulled types, simply store in an airtight container in a cool and dark place. The best would be to store them in a freezer or a refrigerator.