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Organic Sesame Seeds
Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is a flowering plant native to sub-saharan Africa. It was first domesticated and cultivated in India. Sesame is grown primarily for its oil-rich seeds, which come in a variety of colors, from cream-white to charcoal-black. In general, the paler varieties of sesame are more valued in the West and Middle East, while the black varieties are prized in the Far East. The small sesame seed is used whole in cooking for its rich nutty flavour and also yields sesame oil.
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Sesame seeds are sometimes added to breads, including bagels and the tops of hamburger buns. Sesame seeds may be baked into crackers, often in the form of sticks. Sesame seeds are also sprinkled onto some sushi style foods. About one-third of Mexico's sesame crop is exported to the United States and purchased by McDonald's for their sesame seed buns.
Ground and processed, sesame seeds are used in sweet confections. They are made into a paste called tahini (used in various ways, including hummus bi tahini) and the Middle Eastern confection halvah. In South Asia, Middle East, East Asian cuisines, popular treats are made from sesame mixed with honey or syrup and roasted into a sesame candy.
Mexican cuisine refers to sesame seeds as Ajonjolí (derived from Arabic). It is mainly used as a sauce additive, such as mole or adobo. It is often also used to sprinkle over artisan breads and baked in traditional form to coat the smooth dough, especially on whole wheat flat breads or artisan nutrition bars, such as alegrías. Mexico exports a large amount of its sesame seed crop to North and South America.
Organic production fosters cycling of resources, promotes ecological balance, and conserves biodiversity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards. Organic farming excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured fertilizers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives, and genetically modified organisms.