They’re on hamburger buns, bread, pastries and even your cereal. In fact, you might have unwittingly eaten some today. We’re talking about the humble sesame seed. Roasted, crushed, raw: however you like to enjoy them, one thing’s for certain: they should be a staple in any pantry across Australia.
If you think that these seeds have anything to do with the famous story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, you’d be correct. Upon maturation, the sesame plant’s flowers develop into pods, which contain the seeds we know and love. These pods pop open when the seeds are ready, which is where we get the saying, “Open sesame!”
Not only do they contain high nutritional value, but these delicate nuts are multi-purpose as they have the power to enhance both sweet and savoury foods. Most importantly, without sesame, there’d be no hummus!
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