Sesame is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum, also called benne.
Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods or ‘buns’.
Sesame seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops known, domesticated well over 3,000 years ago.
Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed. With a rich, nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world.