Sesame is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum, also called benne. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods.
Unhulled seeds have the outer, edible husk intact, while hulled seeds come without the husk.
The hull gives the seeds a golden-brown hue. Hulled seeds have an off-white colour but turn brown when roasted.
However, you may need to eat significant amounts — a small handful per day — to gain health benefits.
Sesame seeds are a good source of healthy fats, protein, B vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds.
Regularly eating substantial portions of these seeds — not just an occasional sprinkling on a burger bun — may aid blood sugar control, combat arthritis pain, and lower cholesterol.
To optimize your nutrient intake, you can eat sesame seeds soaked, roasted, or sprouted.