SESAME SEED OIL PRODUCTION PROCESS
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NATURAL SESAME SEEDS
BUSINESS IN SESAME SEEDS
The sesame seeds business in Nigeria is worth over Nine Billion Naira annually. This figure represents transactions on just raw natural sesame seeds. However, with value added processing of the seeds, the value of business in this product can get to over Twenty Billion Naira. What more? Over 100,000 jobs can be created.
HISTORY OF SESAME SEEDS
Sesame seed is one of the oldest seeds known to mankind. The seed may have originated from Asia or Africa and is now grown in most of the tropical and temperate regions of the world. As far back as 5,000 years ago, the Chinese were using sesame seed oil for fuel and for making ink. Also, paintings in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 4,000 years show Bakers sprinkling sesame seeds into dough. The Roman Empire is not left out in the use of this ancient seed as sesame was used as spreading for bread amongst other things.
Sesame seed has very high oil content of about 50‐ 54%. It is used in making edible vegetable oil (sesame oil). Sesame seed is also used in many food preparations worldwide. Due to its unique nutty flavor, crunchy sensation and small size, it has become a very important ingredient in making hamburgers as toppings on hamburgers buns. Sesame seed also go well with chicken and other meats; it can also be sprinkled over biscuits, bread
rolls, and pizza.