The plants are usually grown for their tiny, heart-shaped seeds, jet-black on the outside and white inside, which grow in long, oblong pods. Mainly used for flavouring, their nutty taste is similar to, but slightly stronger than white or yellow sesame seeds. They are sometimes also used for their aesthetic appeal, or as a topping to white-coloured foods such as bread rolls. Sesame seeds and sesame seed oil are also used for food and skin care, having a rich tradition of medicinal use, and are also used in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for hair loss, and as a liver tonic.
For best results, seeds are sown directly into the ground where required in the spring. Alternatively, sow in late winter/early spring in gentle warmth, 15-20 degrees C. Prick out into small 3 inch or 7 cm. pots and plant in final position when the plants are established.
Common name:Sesamum indicum, Gingelly oil, Asian sesame oil, Benne seeds oil, Sesamolina,
Classification:Half hardy perennial, Half hardy annual
Packet Content:150 (Approx)