Sesame has been grown for ages, so much that we cannot find its wild ancestor anymore.
Archaeological digs did however find that sesame seeds and oil were part of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia 5,000 years ago, and of the Indian one, 7,500 years ago.
Black sesame seeds are rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and calcium. They are also full of antioxidants. Black sesame is much less common than white sesame, so please sow it and save some seeds! You’ll still be able to eat most of them… toasted in a skillet, delicious!
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Latin name : Sesamum indicum
Common names : Sesame
French : Sésame
Family : Pedaliaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Erect stem
Height : Up to 1 m
Width : 50 cm
Days to maturity : Indeterminate growth, which means that the seeds won’t ripen simultaneously. Check on the plants on a regular basis between July and August for harvest. Ripening happens from bottom to top just like with broad beans. As a general rule it takes 90 to 120 days, and then 30 days for drying.
Sowing : Directly outside after the last frost, or start indoors and transplant outside.
Depth : o.5 cm
Germination : 2 to 3 days
Soil : Any, but doesn’t like calcareous soils
Exposure : Sunny
Plant spacing : 20 cm
Row spacing : 20 cm
Watering : Low requirements
Care and other considerations :
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Also known as the "Montreal Market Muskmelon" or "Montreal Nutmeg Melon". This mythical green flesh melon with a nutmeg flavor has almost disappeared.
The earliest records come from the Jesuits, who cultivated this variety in the Montreal Plain in 1684. According to the Potager d'Antan : "this melon went through many selections during the 17th Century, before being introduced under the name "Montreal Melon", in 1870. In the 1880s, it was listed as one of the best seller in New England by American seed company Burpee".
Very popular at the beginning of the 1900s and until the 1950s, it was largely commercialized and grown by three families : the Aubin, the Décarie and the Gorman. But lack of labour force, rises in wages and the spreading of the city triggered its decline. As highways paved the island, it slowly faded from our collective memory. When farms vanished from Montreal, it risked being obliterated. Until a journalist found its trace in a seed bank, in the United States.
This melon is a living proof of our seed and food diversity decline. Save your seeds and share them.
Heirloom variety. Listed on Slow Food Canada's Ark of Taste.
Pkt : 12 seeds.