Sesame is a seed originally from India. It has a high oil content, and is a gluten free ingridient. In Brazil, it is mostly used by bakery and biscuits industry and also for Tahine production. In Asia it is majorly consumer as an oil for the local cuisine.
Sesame is rich in fatty acids (~48%) and protein (~20%). It is a good source of calcium, iron and fibers. It has a favorable effect on cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
The harvest of sesame in Brazil happens between June and July. Today, most of the crop is harvested by machine, and are planted in large scale. Usually during the crop (July/August) prices tend to be lower, offering a good opportunity to purchase the product.
Sesame seeds can be purchased with our withou the hull/skin.
Natural sesame (with skin) has a gold / beige collor and can also be black. Biscuits companies are the major buyers of this product in Brazil. Asian restaurants also uses sesame in its receipts.
Hulled sesame (without the skin) is mostly used as a topping on bread and buns. A great part of Brazil's consumption of hulled sesame comes from Índia, Guatelama and Mexico.