Sesame seeds or til are an indispensable part of Indian winters since time immemorial. From til ke ladoo to til ki gajak, it is difficult to imagine winters in Pakistan and India, without taking sesame into account. And if you thought that it was just another ingredient in your kitchen pantry. Think again! Prized in Ayurveda for its ability to generate heat and energy in the body and its numerous beauty and hair benefits, sesame seeds are loaded with nutrition that makes it a must-have in your winter diet. Here are some more health and beauty benefits of sesame seeds that will help you uncover all the hype around the superfood.
Sesame seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops known, domesticated well over 3000 years ago. Sesamum has many other species, most being wild and native to sub-Saharan Africa. S. indicum, the cultivated type, originated in India and is tolerant to drought-like conditions, growing where other crops fail.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. Like other seeds and foods, it can trigger allergic reactions in some people.