tiny, flat seed that comes in shades of brown, red and black; most common is pale ivory; used in Middle Eastern foods such as halvah and tahini and in Asian cuisine; gomasio is a popular Japanese bottled condiment of sesame seeds and sea salt, sometimes with added flavors such as the sea vegetable nori or garlic
Widely used in Asia Africa and the Mediterranean these tasty seeds are an abundant source of protein vitamin E and calcium the latter being concentrated in the hull. Unfortunately the calcium is bound up with oxalic acid rendering it unavailable for use in the body. Soaking the seeds overnight in salted water and then lightly roasting them will lessen the oxalic acid content.
Insect filth( MPM-V32) Average of 5% or more seeds by weight are insect-infested or damaged Mold( MPM-V32) Average of 5% or more seeds by weight are decomposed Mammalian excreta ( MPM-V32) Average of 5 mg or more mammalian excreta per found Foreign matter( MPM-V32) Average of 0.5% or more foreign matter by weight DEFECT SOURCE: Insect infested - preharvest and/or post harvest and/or processing infestation, Mold - preharvest infection, Mammalian excreta - post harvest and/or processing animal contamination, Foreign matter - post processing and/or processing contamination SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic