Nutritive Value of Benniseed


THE question of the nutritive value of benniseed (Sesamum indicum) was recently raised and analyses were carried out in this laboratory. This seed is grown along the Benue River and its tributaries by the various clans of the Munshi or Tiv people. A small amount of it is eaten and a little oil is extracted, but the bulk of the crop is exported, I gather, to Europe for the manufacture of ‘salad oil’ and the very fine grade machine oil called ‘Sesame’. What happens to the ‘cake’ I do not know.

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    "An Enquiry into the Dietaries of the Hausa and Town Fulani of Northern Nigeria, with some observations of the effects on the National Health, with recommendations arising therefrom." W. E. McCulloch, West African Medical Journal, 3; 1929–30.

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MCCULLOCH, W. Nutritive Value of Benniseed. Nature 127, 199–200 (1931).

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