A tropical and subtropical plant, Sesamum indicum. Known as sim-sim in East Africa, benniseed in West Africa, gingelly and til in Asia. Seeds are small and, in most varieties, white; used whole in sweetmeats, in stews, and to decorate cakes and bread, and for extraction of the oil, which is used as a seasoning. The seeds contain 60% oil, of which 15% is saturated and 45% polyunsaturated. It has a strong nutty flavour and is used more as a seasoning than a cooking oil. See also tahini.
Subjects: Medicine and Health — Cookery, Food, and Drink.