Eden Organic Extra Virgin Sesame Oil is made from Eden selected, certified organic, white sesame seeds. After cleaning and removing the hulls, the seeds are placed in a screw press called an expeller and crushed to extract the oil. The oil is then placed in settling tanks where sediment is allowed to settle out. It's then double filtered, at ambient or lower temperature, through a 100% cotton canvas filter press resulting in a clear, bright colored oil.
Eden Organic Extra Virgin Sesame Oil is made only from the finest grade of organic sesame seeds, and is produced naturally without the use of chemicals. Expeller pressing generates little heat, preserves the oils valuable nutrients, color, and delicious nutty flavor and aroma. Although there is no legal definition for extra virgin sesame oil, it is generally understood among oil producers that it means the following: it is made from 100 percent sesame seeds, is oil from the first pressing, no excessive heat is used in the process, the free fatty acid is below 1 percent, and the taste is sweet and characteristic of sesame. Eden Organic Extra Virgin Sesame meets all of these conditions.
Many commercial seed oils, including sesame oil, are made by crushing the seeds and heating beyond the smoke point and treating with the solvent hexane. It is then washed with caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), chemical bleaches and deodorants. All commercial oils are the same pale color and taste very similar regardless of the seed type due to this extreme, chemical processing.
Sesame Sesamum indicum is a treasured herb native to Indonesia and Africa. It has been widely grown in tropical and subtropical Asia and in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. The first formal cultivation of sesame occurred around 3000 B.C. in the Middle East and 1600 B.C. in Egypt. The Egyptians are credited with being the inventors of sesame oil. Sesame seeds were introduced to Japan around 645 to 793 A.D. by Buddhist priests from Korea and China.
Sesame plants grow about two to five feet and produce pretty purple cone shaped flowers. There are several varieties of the sesame plant that produce creamy white, brown, black, and red seeds. When ready for harvest the seeds are encased in a protective hard shell that rattles with its precious contents. The entire plant is cut off at the base of the stem and stacked in an upright position against racks and allowed to dry. While drying the capsules that hold the seed split open. The plant is turned upside down, shaken, and the seeds drop onto a cloth.
Eden Organic Extra Virgin Sesame Oil contains 6g monounsaturated and 6g polyunsaturated, and is cholesterol free. Sesamol and sesamin, naturally occurring beneficial antioxidants found in sesame seeds and sesame oil, make unrefined sesame oil especially nourishing, and they act as a natural preservative in the oil. One of the most shelf stable unrefined vegetable oils.
Eden Organic Extra Virgin Sesame Oil is a delicious ingredient for making mayonnaise, dressings, spreads, and pasta toppings. Highly versatile and can be used for virtually all cooking needs from sautés, and stir fries to baking.