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   Sesame seeds, So old but yet so new!

Tips on how to use sesame seeds in cooking were found in Ramses’ III tomb in Egypt.  Sesame was very much appreciated in Greece and other ancient cultures and, since then, it has traveled through time to our days.  Sesame seeds are tiny, flat oval seeds with a nutty taste that have a great amount of edible oil. They come in different colors, depending on the variety, from white and yellow, to black and red. 

Sesame seeds can be added to bread, including bagels, may be sprinkled over of hamburger buns, and baked in cookies. Sesame seeds are also sprinkled onto salads and hot meals. 

Sesame oil brings a special flavor to any recipe. In Peru it is used to give a special taste to chifa (Peruvian Chinese fusion cuisine) preparations. 

Sesame seeds are extensively used in the Middle East: Ground and processed, the seeds are used in sweet confections such as halva, and in preparing  tahini  and humus

In Japan, a dish called goma-dofu is made from sesame paste. 
In Greece, sesame seeds are mixed with honey, to prepare a sweet called Pasteli

Health benefits
Sesame seed oil is known to reduce hypertension and ease stress.  Sesame seeds improve the texture of the skin, and provide the body with minerals like calcium, and vitamin B. These little seeds are loaded with essential minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, and iron, among others.

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