Sesame is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and is drought tolerant so it is able to grow where other crops fails. The seeds come in many colors depending on the cultivar harvested. The most traded variety of sesame is off-white colored. Other common colors are buff, gold, brown, reddish and black. Seeds with the hulls removed have become increasingly popular and are favored by buyers for their uniformity. Today India is the world’s largest producers of sesame. Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed. With a rich nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world. Oil from the seeds contains about 47% oleic acid and 39% linoleic acid and is used in cooking, salad oils and margarine.