Sesame seeds are collected from an annual herb widely grown and used in Asia and the Balkans.
The plant grows up to 6 feet high pro-ducing white, pink or mauve flowers and small seeds which contain approximately 50 per cent of oil. The seeds vary in colour from off-white to greyish-black or pale orange.
A valuable cooking oil is obtained from the seeds as is a ground meal, which is high in protein and features greatly in vegetarian diets.
Sesame seeds are available whole, plain or toasted and ground, and are widely used in breads, cakes and sweets .