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Sesame Seed Drying – How To Dry Sesame Seeds From Your Plants

Sesame Seed Drying – How To Dry Sesame Seeds From Your Plants


By: Teo Spengler

Sesame plants (Sesamum indicum) are lovely plants with attractive dark-green leaves and tubular white or pink flowers. Best of all, these are the plants that produce sesame seeds. Everybody likes sesame seeds on bagels, sushi and stir-fries, and the tiny seeds can also be ground into sesame oil and tahini paste. Read on for tips on drying and storing sesame seeds.

Sesame Seed Drying

Sesame plants grow well in your backyard in a sunny area. They can grow to 6 feet (2 m.) tall. The plants need between 100 and 130 growing days in warm air and soil before you can harvest the seeds. The tubular flowers develop into long, narrow seed pods. As the plants mature, the pods ripen. They are ready for harvest when they are brown and crack a little.

Often, seed pods on the lower branches of the sesame plant ripen first. Sometimes they ripen while the upper plant is still flowering. Collect the pods as they ripen since overripe pods split open, spilling their seeds on the ground. After you collect the pods, drying sesame seeds is the next step.

How to dry sesame seeds? As you pick off the ripe seed pods, place them on newspapers to dry. You don’t have to put them in the sun, but when you are drying the seeds, you must store them in a dry area.

You’ll know they are done drying when the pods are brittle. At this time, harvest the seeds by cracking open the pods. Do this gently so you can get all of the seeds and not lose any. The seeds are light-colored and flat. Each pod contains some 50 to 80 seeds. The size is quite small, and it is said that you need some 15,000 seeds for one pound.

If you get some of the pod pieces mixed in with the seeds, use a colander to sift them. Alternatively, you can clean chaff from the seeds by running a fan over them seeds to blow off the dried pod pieces.

Storing Sesame Seeds

Once you harvest the sesame seeds from the dried pod, you can store them for some time. For short term storage, place them in sealed glass jars in a dark kitchen cupboard. For longer term sesame seed storage, freeze the seeds.

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Kingoma Sesame (85 Days)

Tan Seeded. Imagine homegrown sesame seed, toasted and sprinkled over your favorite dish or freshly baked rolls. An ancient crop dating back thousands of years. Tropical like plants thrive in long, hot summers and are easy to grow. Begins flowering approximately 2 months from seeding with tubular-shaped flowers growing in clusters around the stem. Older flowers, located lower on the plant, produce the first seed pods while newer flowers begin to form above. This process continues throughout the growing season with each plant growing 3-4 feet. Multi-stemmed plants produce 1-2 inch pods with approximately 30 on each stem. Allow pods to dry on or off the plant. They are ready to harvest when the pods begin to split.

Germination: 7-12 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep

Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, 6-12" apart in rows 12-24" apart. Do not overwater seedlings, let the soil dry out between waterings.

Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when the soil temperature reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 5-6 seeds per foot, thin to 6-12" apart when they are 4" tall.

Harvest : Pods start ripening from the bottom of the plant and begin to split when they are ready to harvest. In a shorter growing season, you can cut the pod covered stems from the base and dry them indoors on a flat surface. Once the pods have opened collect the seeds by hitting the plants against the side of a container or over a cloth/tarp. Another way is to collect the green pods off the plant and place them in a paper bag until they are dried.

Tips : Plant into average, well-drained soil. Keep well weeded. Do not overwater seedlings, allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Germination: 7-12 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep

Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, 6-12" apart in rows 12-24" apart. Do not overwater seedlings, let the soil dry out between waterings.

Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when the soil temperature reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 5-6 seeds per foot, thin to 6-12" apart when they are 4" tall.

Harvest : Pods start ripening from the bottom of the plant and begin to split when they are ready to harvest. In a shorter growing season, you can cut the pod covered stems from the base and dry them indoors on a flat surface. Once the pods have opened collect the seeds by hitting the plants against the side of a container or over a cloth/tarp. Another way is to collect the green pods off the plant and place them in a paper bag until they are dried.

Tips : Plant into average, well-drained soil. Keep well weeded. Do not overwater seedlings, allow the soil to dry out between waterings.


Organic Hulled White Sesame Seeds, 32 lbs.

Our sesame seeds are certified organic and perfect for all baking and cooking purposes.

Convenient & safe storage

Our sesame seeds are certified organic and non-GMO, and come in six-gallon buckets (or pails. another word for the same container), containing 32 lbs. net weight. When you store sesame seeds at home, they need to be protected in a couple of ways. First, they need to be protected from a variety of little critters who'd like to get to it before you do. Weevils and rodents, for example. You also need to protect your sesame seeds from picking up excessive additional moisture, which can be drawn from the atmosphere. The buckets our sesame seeds come in provide full protection against these storage risks. They have airtight gasket-sealed lids and oxygen absorber packets that remove the oxygen from the air in the bucket after we put the lid on. Our buckets safely lock out pests, so your white sesame seeds enjoy complete peace and quiet until you want to use them. Note: If you don't already have a bucket lid removal tool, they make lid removal easy (see lower section of this web page).

Super-cleaned

All of our sesame seeds are cleaned to ensure purity. Our sesame seeds are cleaned to 99.99% purity by weight. To clean, the sesame seeds are processed using a screener, gravity table, de-stoner, and magnets. Achieving this level of quality may require further processing yet, through a color sorter. No liquids, soaps or additives of any kind are used in the cleaning process.

Shelf Life

Our organic hulled sesame seeds have a shelf life of 10+ years when unopened and stored in a cool, dark, dry environment.

Non-GMO

All of Pleasant Hill Grain's grains and seeds are natural (non-GMO). Also, PHG does not sell any grains, beans, lentils, pulses or seeds sourced from China.

Uses & History

The sesame plant (Sesamum Indicum) is native to Asia and Eastern Africa, and is mostly grown in Asian countries today. Sesame seeds are grown in a variety of colors including black, white, red and brown. The white sesame seeds we offer on this page are grown in India.

The seeds are harvested from pods that look similar to okra. To harvest the seeds the pods are first dried, causing them to open, and then shaken so the seeds fall free. Seeds that have had their outer layer (called the hull) removed are referred to either as dehulled or hulled. Seeds with the hull still intact are referred to as unhulled or hulled. We know, it’s confusing that the word “hulled” is used either way! The seeds on this page have had their hulls removed.

Sesame seeds are an excellent source of the essential minerals copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium. They’re also high in B-complex vitamins, and polyunsaturated fats. Their antioxidant properties can help strengthen your immune system and their high level of selenium make them especially good for improving thyroid health.

Sesame seeds are mildly sweet with a nutty flavor. Sometimes they’re sprinkled on top of foods to add a slight crunch, and subtle flavor, as on hamburger buns or bagels. They can also be added to salads, mixed into muffins, blended into smoothies, stirred into yogurt, or sprinkled over steamed vegetables, or dessert. They’re an easy, healthful addition to many foods!

Tahini is a smooth paste made of ground sesame seeds. Oil can be added to thin the paste down, and salt can be used for seasoning. Any type of sesame seed can be used to make tahini, whether they’re black or white, uhulled or hulled, toasted, sprouted, or raw–each will impart a different flavor to the tahini, but it’s typically made with hulled white sesame seeds, like we have for sale on this page. Tahini is a major ingredient in hummus, and can also be used as a dip, in salad dressing, or to flavor ice cream or baked desserts! Tahini is a staple condiment in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking.

A seed grinder works well for grinding small quantities of sesame seeds, or if you’re grinding a larger quantity the Wonder Junior Mill, a , or all work well.

Sesame seeds are prized for their high oil content. Sesame oil is relatively stable, meaning that it won’t go rancid quickly, and it’s good for high heat cooking, like stir-fries. The oil is sometimes used in recipes simply for its slight almond-like flavor.

Additional Options

Pleasant Hill Grain offers over thirty kinds of whole grain products . You can also grow your own grains, fruits and vegetables with our heirloom garden seed & sprouting seed collections!

Our foods category offers many selections of baking ingredients, delicious dried fruits and vegetables, long-term storable foods, canned meat, fish and poultry, sweeteners and more.

As a whole grains shopper you may also be interested in hand crank and electric grain mills and grain flakers as well as heavy duty , , and !

are remarkably practical two-part gadgets that transform standard plastic buckets into rugged, gasketed, resealable storage containers that are both air-tight and water-tight.

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Watch the video: How To Grow Black Sesame Seeds. Growing Requirements. Germination