“Open sesame,” the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights, reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. WHFoods
The term “open sesame” first appeared in the Arabian book “The Thousand and One Nights.” “Open Sesame” was the magical password that opened the entrance to the cave in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The phrase refers to the seeds’ ability to pop, at the slightest touch, when ripe.
More information about sesame seeds from Dr. Sherien ElKhawaga at kingtutshop.com.