Sesame seeds have been cultivated for more than 5000 years. The ancient region of Mesopotamia was the first place where it was widely cultivated and then it spread to the rest of the world.
The mixture of sesame and honey is an excellent source of iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and phosphate, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. When it comes to vitamins, sesame contains those of the group E, A and B.
Why Honey & Sesame Seeds Are Healthy
-Consumed these two ingredients together relieve pain in the abdomen and most effective cure for menses pain. Sesame also contains iron which promotes a better period.
-Honey and sesame seeds have equal percentage of calcium which promotes bone health. Regular consumption of this food aids in protecting your bones as you age.
-Sesame seeds help in lower cholesterol in the body. These seeds can be strewn on salads and desserts or can be consumed raw.
-Honey-sesame combination also strengthens the bone marrow, stimulates mental activity, increases physical endurance, affect the beauty and shine of hair and skin.
Other Benefits of These Two Ingredients
-Ulcers and acid reflux
-Anxiety and depression
-Weakened immune system
-High cholesterol and hypertension
Pasteli-Greek Honey Sesame Bars Recipe
Pasteli was probably the first energy bar ever made and it was made with honey and sesame seeds. Many recipes incorporate the benefits of both sesame seeds and raw honey. Here is one that is easy and delicious.
1 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup pistachios (optional), cut in halves
1/2 cup honey
1 inch lemon peel
1 teaspoon lemon juice
-Add sesame seeds to pan and cook over low to medium heat until lightly golden brown.
-Once done, remove from heat, and empty seeds onto plate to stop them from getting too dark, set aside.
-Add honey, lemon peel and lemon juice to a pot.
-Heat over medium heat until simmering, stir continuously for 5 minutes.
-Turn of heat and immediately add sesame seeds and pistachios to honey and mix well.
-Empty onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
-Flatten with back of spatula brushed with olive oil to avoid sticking.
-Place in refrigerator and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
-Cut into bars and enjoy- this recipe should make about 12 servings.