Sesame Seed, Toasted
1 lb bag $6.70
5 lb bag $33.50
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Crunchy and nutty with a smoothly rich aftertaste, sesame seeds have played a valued role in human diets for millennia. One of the world’s oldest condiments, they were first cultivated in the Indian subcontinent roughly 3,000 years ago. They may be tiny, but they pack a nutritional punch in terms of protein, essential vitamins and minerals. The seeds enhance both sweet and savory dishes. Bakers often use them as toppers for bread, rolls, muffins, crackers, even cakes to lend an added layer of flavor and texture. The crunch of toasted sesame seeds makes salads, cooked vegetables, cereal and stir-fries more interesting. Sesame oil, used to cook and flavor meat and fish entrees, is a staple of many Asian cuisines.
Toasting not only jacks up the crunch factor, but also breaks down the oxalates and phytates that can interfere with the body’s absorption of the essential minerals available in the seeds. These include magnesium and calcium, important for bone health, plus zinc, which boosts the immune system. Perhaps the biggest health blessings come from the abundant omega-6 fatty acids in sesame seeds. Oleic acid, accounting for up to 50 percent of the seeds’ oil content, can reduce heart-troubling triglycerides, as well as unhealthy LDL cholesterol, while promoting beneficial HDL levels. The heart also benefits from the magnesium content, which may lower blood pressure.
Sesame is a highly adaptable annual plant, capable of growing on the edge of deserts and other regions that support few food crops. But it does require a tropical climate. India and China are the world’s largest sesame producers today.
Our toasted sesame seeds are available in bulk. Wholesale and home buyers may prefer our convenient 1 or 5 pound bags, but we also offer whole cases. We also sell black, tuxedo and white sesame seeds.