The Sesame, also known as (Sesamum indicum), is a seed native to Africa and India. Currently, its consumption is widespread worldwide.
In the kitchen, sesame has a wide range of uses from breads, cookies, salads, pasta, meat or vegetables, sweets or tahini (creamy paste derived from this seed). In addition, we can obtain sesame oil (wildly utilized in Asian cuisine) ideal for dressing salads.
The Sesame seed is very small and has several variations, we explore a few of them and their uses.
White sesame seeds: are the most popular, used for buns, breads, curry sauce or hot sauce. They are characterized by their mild flavor.
Unpeeled or whole sesame seeds: their nutritional properties are superior to those of white seeds. They can be used for the preparation of tahini paste or butter.
Black sesame seeds: the oil derived from this seed is one of the most valued in the market. They can be used to make baked goods. They stand out for their intense flavor and aroma, especially when toasted.
Sesame is a gluten-free seed, rich in: Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, E, K), minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sicilium, iron or iodine), fiber, antioxidants, vegetable proteins, and healthy fats.
The sesame seed also has a wide range of health benefits:
-Aids the functioning of the digestive system and protects the bacterial flora
-Strengthens the nervous system
-Help reduce the pain derived from arthritis
-It regulates the level of cholesterol in blood
-Can assist in the prevention of colon cancer, migraine or osteoporosis
-It is beneficial for people suffering from heart problems or hypertension
-Decreases cellular aging