Sesame seeds, despite their tiny size, are a valuable cash crop. They come from the Sesamum Indicum plant, which is native to Africa but is now found mostly throughout Asia, with Myanmar and India the largest producers. Sesame plants are the oldest oilseed plants known to man, and the oil is used around the world for both cooking and medicinal purposes.
Sesame seeds are a good source of healthy fats, protein, B vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. Regularly eating substantial portions of these seeds — may aid blood sugar control, combat arthritis pain, and lower cholesterol.