English Name: Sesame Seeds
Common Indian (Hindi) Name: Til
- Sesame is an ancient spice, one of the first recorded plants used for its seeds.
- They are tiny, flat ovals, measuring about 3 mm (1/8 in) long. Seed color can vary, though they are usually beige or creamy white when husked.
- Sesame seeds are reported to help in strengthening the heart and cardiovascular system and to be good for the nervous system.
- Sesame seeds feature lignans, which are said to be strong antioxidants.
- They are believed to be an excellent source of Omega- 3 and Omega- 6 essential fatty acids, seen as good for sustaining a healthy heart.
- They are often a great source of Calcium, iron, magnesium and Vitamin E.
- They also contain selenium which is said to help in enhancing moods.
- Non-culinary uses include its use as an ingredient in soap, cosmetics, lubricants and medicines. In southern India it is used to anoint the body and hair.