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Black Sesame Seed


OTHER NAME : SimSim, Teel, Til, Tal, Benne

BOTANICAL NAME : Sesamum indicum

SYNONYMS : Sesamum radiatum

PLANT FAMILY : Pedaliaceae


Sesame seeds have long been used as a spice and for their oil that’s both healthy and stable in hot climates. The seeds has been used throughout Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East in all sorts of cooking.

The black seeds have less oil but more flavor, and a nuttier taste. As such, they’re used more to finish foods. In addition, their unique color gives them aesthetic appeal. In Japan and China, black sesame seeds are used often in sweets such as cookies, mochi, and ice cream.

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