Title Info
Common name Sesame
Scientific name Sesamum orientale
Taxonomic group Pedaliaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants; Industrial products
Food plants Oils; Seasonings
Sesame, <i>Sesamum orientale</i>, in flower
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Sesame. Originally domesticated in Africa, sesame is now widely grown in temperate and tropical regions. Oil pressed from the seeds is used in cooking as well as in paints, soaps, and as a lubricant. The seeds themselves are used in cooking many different kinds of foods.