The Benne seed popularly called Sesame is a flowering plant of the Sesamum indicum genus that are grown in both Africa and India mainly for its economic benefits. It belongs to the Pedaliaceae family and contains a precious oil which accounts for about 45 to 50 percent of it’s contents. In essence, Sesame is an oilseed that is cultivated for its numerous industrial, commercial and health benefits. They have been proven to be a good source of protein, fats, Vitamin B and fiber when added to your daily food diets.Currently, the seed is a hotcake and demands for it is actually high. Nigeria exportation of the Benne seed is on the increase annually. Towards the last quarter of the year 2017, Nigeria ranked as the largest producer of Sesame seed in Africa and the 3rd biggest in the World trades market with an output of 580,000 tonnes annually.
Local suppliers or famers of this seed can be found in the Northern parts of the country like in Jigawa, Nasarawa and Sokoto. So also in Middle-Beltan states like Benue, Gombe, Kogi and Plateau. This could be because the cash crop is draught-resistant and thrives with little or no artificial fertilizer.
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Features of Sesame Seed
At McCormick we carefully select our Sesame Seeds for sweet nutty flavor. Also known as “benne seed”, the creamy white seeds are loved throughout the world in both baked goods as well as savory dishes. Sesame seeds are a key ingredient in Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern cooking, where they add a nutty flavor and satisfying crunch. In Asia, they are added to stir-fries, sushi, coatings for meat or fish, and noodle dishes. In the Middle East, they are in confections, spice blends and in tahini paste, an essential ingredient in hummus. Sesame seeds are enjoyed sprinkled on baked goods like rolls, bagels, cookies and pastries. Toasting brings out a rich, nuttier flavor – add the seeds to a hot pan and cook 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
McCormick Sesame Seeds are carefully select for sweet nutty flavor
Adds nutty flavor and satisfying crunch
Key ingredient in Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern cooking
Add to Asian stir-fries, sushi, coatings for meat or fish, and noodle dishes
For baked goods like rolls, bagels, cookies and pastries
Toast sesame seeds to bring out a rich, complex nuttier flavor