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Sesame Seed is considered to be the oldest oilseed crop known to humanity.
The genus has many species, and most are wild. Most wild species of the genus Sesamum are native to sub-Saharan Africa. Sesamum Indicum, the cultivated type, originated in India.
The historic origin of Sesame was favored by its ability to grow in areas that do not support the growth of other crops. It is also a robust crop that needs little farming support - it grows in drought conditions, in high heat.
In myths, the opening of the capsule releases the treasure of Sesame Seeds, as applied in the story of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" when the phrase "Open Sesame" magically opens a sealed cave. Upon ripening, sesame seeds split, releasing a pop and possibly indicating the origin of this phrase.