A bowl of multicolor, brown benne sesame seeds

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Benne Herb Sesame

Sale price$4.26 USD


Pickup available at 57211 Rush Creek Rd Usually ready in 24 hours

Benne Herb Sesame

Packet - 100 seeds

57211 Rush Creek Rd

Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours

57211 Rush Creek Rd
Ferryville WI 54628
United States

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160 Days to Maturity (fully dried down, but some pods begin to ripen much earlier). Certified Organic.

The Benne sesame has a heritage just as rich as it's flavor, becoming a staple flavoring during the 19th century, especially in the South. Growing from 3 feet up to 6 feet tall with beautiful white flowers, Benne sesame is sure to stand out in your Garden.

Sow in flats 2 weeks before last frost date and transplant once threat of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1/4" below growing medium. Benne is quite drought hardy and tolerates marginal soils. This variety may grow quite tall, reaching 6ft or more. As such, it is likely that it will require staking for extra stability to prevent lodging. Abundant successive blooms form pods filled with sesame seeds which can be eaten raw or toasted. Pods are ready to harvest when they begin to turn brown and dry down. Allow to dry completely on the plant if weather allows, but if rain is in the forecast consider harvesting any time after that attachment to the stem has dried, and finish drying the pod on a screen or counter inside with plenty of airflow. 

Seed Source Information: 

Lot # CE-OG-1067-2023: Grown by Cody Egan in Mabel, MN in 2023. Certified Organic. Tested at 93% germination in 2023.