Benniseed is a species of flowering plant also known as Sesamum radiatum. It is used in Africa as a leafy vegetable; the leaves are eaten fresh and cooked.
Benniseed is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, prized as an oilseed for at least 5,000 years. While it is beginning to regain favor due to its exceptionally high calcium and magnesium content, few realize it is also one of the most potent medicinal foods still commonly consumed today.
In fact, its history as a medicine goes back 3600 years to Egyptian times where it was listed in the scrolls of the Ebers as a favored medicine.