Product Description - Sesame Seed

Sesame Seed

Sesame seeds (or sesamum or benniseed) are the seeds of the tropical annual Sesamum indicum. The species has a long history of cultivation, mostly for its yield of oil. The original area of domestication of sesame is obscure but it seems likely to have first been brought into cultivation in Asia or India.


The plant is usually 60 to 120cm tall and the fruit is a dehiscent capsule held close to the stem. When ripe, the capsule shatters to release a number of small seeds. The seeds are protected by a fibrous ‘hull’ or skin, which may be whitish to brown or black depending on the variety. 1000 seeds weigh some 4-8g. The seeds have a high oil content of 44-60%.


Harvest: Harvesting begins in late December and continues through July.


Types/Varieties: There are 3 types of sesame (and these include: White, Black and Brown/Mixed sesame seeds). However only two of these are majorly produced in Nigeria and these includes;

1. White/raw = Food-grade used in bakery industry. 98-100% whitest grade seeds.

2. Brown/mixed = primarily oil-grade.


Uses: Most sesame is processed directly into oil by the grower or within the producing region, but can also be sold in various stages of processing, for various uses, such as meal, paste, confections, and bakery products.


White Hulled Sesame Seeds

Physical State: Seeds

Apprearance: Slightly Hard, Flat, Oval, Smooth and Shiny.

Color: Creamy White

Odor: Faint Nutlike, Free os Chemica, Rancid, Musty or Sour Characteristic


Seed Count: 340-375/G

Off Color Seeds: 200-300 / 50g

Dark Seeds: None

Metal: None

Sticks & Other 150-300/ Lb

Purity: 99.98 - 99.99% Typical


Chemical Characteristics

Moisture: <5.0% Typical

Peroxide Value: <20.0 Meq/Kg

Protein: (N X 5.30): 22-25%

Oil: 48-60% Min


Packaging: Depending on Customers Request

Price: Per market

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