Sesame Seeds (Sesamum indicum)
Sesame Seeds (Sesamum indicum)Sesame Seeds (Sesamum indicum)Sesame Seeds (Sesamum indicum)

Sesame Seeds (Sesamum indicum)

Item #: 600102
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Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson planted Sesame, or “Benni,” for many years at Monticello in order to press a salad oil from the seeds. He wrote in 1811, “I did not believe there existed so perfect a substitute for olive oil.” Sesame has been cultivated for centuries as a food in India and tropical Africa, but in European countries it has been used primarily for the oil. Jefferson also planted Sesame as a border plant because of its ornamental qualities.

Direct sow seeds after the last spring frost. For shorter growing seasons, start seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last frost date. Approximately 145-150 seeds per packet.

Exposure Planting Method Planting Depth Plant Spacing Days to Maturity Size at Maturity
Full Sun Direct Sow 1/4” 2’ apart 100-150 4-6’H

Line Drawing from New Britton and Brown Illustrated Flora by H. A. Gleason (1958).

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We will wrap your gift in white gift paper, trimmed with red Jefferson signature ribbon and a bow, and include a hand written gift message. The charge is $6.95 per item.

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