Whole sesame seeds grow widely in India and Asia. They have a nutty, slightly sweet flavour and can be used in bread, pastries, cookies, cakes, salads and savoury dishes for added nutrition. Open Sesame (Seeds) Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, prized as an oil seed for thousands of years. Mythology says that sesame oil protects against demons and bad spirits. Sesame seeds and oil play a significant role in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Sesame seeds are rich in calcium and magnesium, and their high calcium content may be why chewing sesame seeds or boil pulling are part of Ayurvedic oral care. These super seeds also contain zinc and vitamins B1 and E. Rich in linoleic acid; they have a legendary moisturizing effect that makes Sesame a valued beauty aid around the world. Like many seeds, sesame seeds are high in healthy dietary fiber. Sesame seeds are also an excellent source of plant beneficial phytosterols and plant lignans that are being studied for possible anti-cancer properties. Tasty Tips and Storage Many people prefer sesame seeds toasted to bring out their full, nutty flavour. But toasted or raw, they're tasty tossed on everything from soups to sushi rolls, chicken dishes, rice, salads and more. Sesame oil drizzled on foods at the very end of cooking imparts an exotic, sweet and buttery note. If you're a fan of spreads such as Tahini and Hummus, you'll love the taste and nutrition that fresh-ground sesame seeds provide. Unhulled sesame seeds can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Once the seeds are hulled, they are more prone to rancidity, so they should then be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.