AKA 'Heirloom Sesame seed'
A-Benne is derived from an African word for sesame seeds, and the seeds are from Africa,
represent an important vestige of the African cultures. Benne Seed has long been a traditional staple in American Low country food and cultivated in the Carolina Sea Islands. These raw heirloom benne seeds are brown and look like toasted white sesame seeds and their flavor is lighter, more aromatic and flavorful than modern sesame seeds—especially when toasted.
Benne Seeds are used to thicken stews and sauces and add fat and protein, along with a
rich and nutty flavor, to food. They stand out even when sprinkled over spicy, umami-rich foods. It also give sweets incredible complexity, like a dark caramel.
The seeds were especially important when meat was scarce in their meager diets.
Sesame seeds are an excellent source of manganese and calcium, high in the monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid. Sesame seeds are also a good source of iron.