We find traces of sesame cultivation in ancient Mesopotamia more than 3300 years ago, which contradicts the name of Indicum, which comes from India.
The sesame would rather have left Africa to conquer Asia. Indeed, the oldest traces of sesame that have been found in China date from around 2,500 years.
It is believed to be one of the first oilseeds plants to be turned into oil. An essential ingredient in Asian cuisine, it generally seduces thanks to its pronounced and toasted taste.
As for Chinese medicine, the sesame oil is credited with many health benefits including the power of fertility, which have led to it being widely used as a remedy.
This is undoubtedly the expression “Open sesame” made famous by Ali Baba and the 40 thieves. Indeed the cave represents first of all the belly of the earth, feminine and fertile symbol because it recalls the womb of the mother. Then the seed expresses the promise of future fertility if the required conditions are met.
How to cook sesame oil?
Sesame oil tolerates cooking quite well. However, when heated at high temperature, its taste can become unpleasant especially when it has not been refined. It is therefore recommended to use it for rather gentle and short cooking.
Also, it can be used to season and add flavor at the end of cooking. Its taste is very pronounced, a small drizzle is often enough to enhance the taste of a dish! Refined sesame oil, on the other hand, is of lower quality but can be used at higher temperatures, for frying or frying, for example.
How to store sesame oil ?
Ideally, sesame oil should be stored in its original container, in a dry place, away from light and heat.
Otherwise, it may go rancid and take on an unpleasant flavor. For optimal conservation, it is best to buy it in small quantities, in an opaque container and store it in the refrigerator. Thus, it can be used for several months without any problem.