Sesamum indicum This is the oldest recorded spice. The Assyrians were using it in 3000 BC. The seeds come from the pods of a medium sized plant with either white or pink flowers. The color of the flower determines the color of the seed. Seeds are white (or gray ivory), or black. The brown variety is simply the white variety without the hull removed. We can thank the early African slaves for introducing it into our cuisine. Their name for the seeds was benne (behn nee) seeds. This is why they are more popular in southern dishes. With its warm nutty taste, this is a great old spice. This one is used mostly in baking, as in “two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion, on a sesame seed bun.”
The price is per ounce.