Black sesame seeds are recognized as one of the oldest and most useful seeds known and used by the civilizations on this planet. Compared to other seeds, they are known to have the most oil content. The oil is known to stay fresh longer; it does not easily turn rancid. The seeds have a subtle nutty flavor which becomes a little more pronounced when you roast the seeds. People like the seeds for their nutty taste, as well as for their delicate, almost imperceptible crunch.
Black sesame seeds may be small but they are packed with nutrients. They are rich in the vitamins B and E and thiamine. They contain minerals like copper, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, zinc, iron, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium, as well as tryptophan, an amino acid. They contain the lignans sesamolin and sesamin which are effective antioxidants.