Ever heard someone say Open Sesame? This phrase is rumored to have started as a reference to the sesame seed pod that pops open at full maturity, spilling out seeds. This tiny flat seed was harvested initially for its nutty oil used in cooking. Popular in Asian cuisine, white sesame seeds uses include: breads, crackers, sushi rolls, and making tahini paste.
Spice Fun Fact: The term "open sesame," referred to in the folk tale Alibaba and the Forty Thieves, originated as a reference to the sesame pod popping open.