Have you ever wondered where you can get sesame seeds in their raw form, how they are gathered and where do they end up? Keep reading further and you’ll learn all of the above as well as exactly how much sesame McDonald’s uses on the burgers.
The sesame seeds are gathered from a plant called Sesamum Indicum. It’s considered as the oldest oilseed plant, it comes from Africa and nowadays it can be found in Asia too. Actually, the largest sesame seed producers are located in India and Myanmar. The Sasamum Indicum plant doesn’t only produce sesame seeds, it’s actually valuable for its oil as well, since it can be used not only in the culinary department, but also for medical purposes.
The sesame plant can grow up to more than three feet in height and it’s an annual plant that produces either white, purple-ish, or pink flowers. The sesame seeds are located inside special pods, where they grow and ripen until it is harvesting time. When the time comes, the stalks of the plant are bundled and the precious seeds are extracted from the safety of their elongated pods.
If the ripe seeds are meant to be shipped off to a food store, they are sold in their natural dark brown colors. However, if they are about to be shipped off to some restaurant (McDonald’s, per say), they will have to undergo a bleaching procedure in order to look lighter. Not only restaurants demand whiter sesame seeds, however. The ones that can be found on some buns or breads that are sold at food stores have also went through cleaning and bleaching.