Monday, 1 December 2008

Sesame Seeds - Black White and Red Included

Sesame Seeds - Black White and Red IncludedSesame are generally known as the seeds from the sesame herb. This is the most used seed globally and is a main source of inclusion in foods in the Middle East. Sesame foods such as tahini and halva originated from there.

Sesame seeds are often used in breads dishes and sprinkled on both sweet and savoury dishes. The sesame herb can be eaten raw, dried, or roasted or cooked with all kinds of foods, it is entirely versatile. It contains amino acids and this has been proven benefits for a healthy body.

In the Middle East sesame seeds are regarded as the seeds of immortality. Rich in over 50% of oil it also contains 20 percent protein and beneficial vitamins, A, B and E. Its mineral elements contain a high Zinc content, alongside calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

Sesame as a result are an excellent source of calcium ands would benefit in a natural calcium supplement for those who can't drink milk from cows. The seeds have also been found to give a mild antioxidant effect. They possess a skin softening agent and are used as nourishing tonics as well as a laxative.

There are three varieties of sesame, the black seed, white seed and red seed.
  • The black seeds yields the best oil and also most appropriate for medicinal purposes.
  • The white seeded sesame is used for its calcium content
  • The red seeds are rich in iron is used in foods that lack iron.

Sesame Seeds - Black White and Red IncludedThe oil is highly praised for its medicinal value and used in Indian food as it has a fine flavor and high boiling point which is characteristic of Indian food.

The use of sesame seeds in sweet meats or as a ground paste with water and butter to treat hemorrhoids. Externally it is an excellent remedy for ulcers, burns and scalds. In addition the sesame seed cures dysentery and diarrhea problems as well as respiratory and menstrual disorders.

Sesame Seeds - Black White and Red IncludedThe seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This will be fine for up to 3 months or refrigerated up to 6 months. They can of course be frozen and will keep for a year.

A final interesting fact on sesame is that the Chinese believe that sesame soup is great for growing hair and good health. I have found aone such recipe which you may wish to try. Have your comb at the ready.

Chinese Sesame Soup (For Hair Growth)

Ingredients:

* 1 cup of long-grain white rice
* 1 cup of black sesame seeds
* 1 tbspn of granulated sugar

Method:

In seperate containers wash and drain the rice and sesame seeds. Over a low heat, dry stir-fry the sesames seeds in wok for around 5 minutes. Make sure they do not burn.

The rice should be ground and toasted with the sesame seeds with few tablespoons of water. This can be done in a blender or food processor.

Add the mixture with 2 cups of of water into a saucepan and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the sugar and the soup is ready to for serving.

Note: It has to be fresh and cannot be stored or frozen.



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