Black sesame seeds are recognised as one of the oldest and most useful seeds known to man. They can be added as whole seeds while baking to add a rich, nutty flavour. As a paste, they are used in curries, chutneys and raw salads. Black sesame seeds may be small but they are packed with nutrients. They are rich in vitamins B and E and thiamine. They contain minerals like copper, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, zinc, iron, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium, as well as tryptophan, an amino acid. They contain the lignans sesamolin and sesamin which are effective antioxidants. They are rich in fibre and phytochemicals (phylosterol). It is not surprising to find that an increasing number of people use the seeds to promote health.
How to store: Always store black sesame seeds in an air-tight container in a cool dry place away from moisture and humidity.