Actually, I was thrilled to see what was involved in the processing of sesame seeds. I really had no earthly idea…so I thought I would share the lay person’s version of how those tiny seeds end up looking like they do on your hamburger (or veggie burger) bun.
|The sesame grows in pods that look a lot like okra.|
|It is stacked in sheaves to dry.|
|They are dried and then harvested and thrashed until all the seeds are broken free from the pods.|
|Then the main trash that is mixed with the hulled seeds is blown away using the wind or fans.|
|The seeds are then bagged and trucked to the processing plant. The seeds are dumped into a huge cleaning machine that vibrates them along screens, knocking out the majority of the field trash.|
|The seeds are rinsed and drained.|
|The seeds then get moved to a big vat of water with a propeller that spins the seeds knocking off the hulls and impurities. This is then repeated in another vat.|
They then get sent to a drying tank that slightly heats the seeds while blowing them around. They are then moved to a second slightly hotter tank again blowing making sure they are nice and dry…then onto yet third tank to cool them down.
|After cooling they then go onto a conveyor belt where women have little vacuum tubes to suck out whatever impurities they find in between all those bitty seeds.|
|The seeds move under a strong magnet to get any metal slivers that might have come off of the machinery.|
|The seeds are then sent through ANOTHER inspection by more women with little suction tubes before they are bagged and shipped.|
So enjoy your sesame and appreciate all the hard work that goes into your tahini, sesame bread, sesame seed salads, etc. -Kathleen