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These have been such a pleasant surprise this year. I'm growing them in the veggie garden. They are so pretty tho, I think next year I'll be planting them in the flower beds. They look like a simpler fox glove, have been blooming nonstop since this spring and so far, don't like to be watered. If you look along the stem, you can see all the sesame seed pods forming all the way down to the base! fun. pretty. pretty fun :0)
Oh, yes, I plan to cook with these. They have become so expensive for a tiny jar. I love them toasted on green beans, roasted cauliflower, salmon, spinach, chard, nori and any wilted type of salad. And there is a little devil on my right shoulder reminding me how good they are in sesame brittle and cookies :0)
Drthor, these are annuals grown from seed, no spreading by roots. It sounds like what you had were chinese foxgloves. I love those too, but you don't cook with those, and they do spread like crazy!
Christi, Terry, I got these from Baker's Creek about six years ago. I'm ashamed to say they had been sitting in a drawer all that time. Packet says it's a mix of tan, black, and white seeds.
Don't order them just yet. I should have enough to share :0) I have no idea when they will be ripe, the pods are still growing and firm, even at the base.
Christi, I never thought otherwise. Just happy to share :0)
My notes say that I sowed these indoors on April 4, then transplanted out to the garden on April 30th. They germinated quickly, tho.
They love the heat, so any type of annual hibiscus, okra planting schedule would work. It just happen to be warmer earlier this year.
Just planted squash and okra ten days ago and it germinated in 48 hours...in ground. Been trying to keep it moist while it gets a good start. I have sesame seed in the pantry...can't hurt anything to try...even though it has probably been treated with something.
I think it's great idea, Christi. Certainly worth a try. I read that the last recommended planting date is July 4th, that was recommend for enough harvesting time, in other words it should still germinate with higher temps.
Harvest the first of the seed pods.
The tallest branches were about 5' tall and the seed pods started to burst along the bottom of the stem. I picked the branches and will allow them to dry inside, also want the picked pods to dry a little more before threshing them. Half a cup fell out while picking them! This has been fun, I'll let you know how they taste!
They taste great, just like sesame, I don't why that surprises me, but it does. I have noticed mine are not as plumb and oily as the grocery store seeds, perhaps it's the difference between OP and hybrid.
I made Thaini (sesame paste) to use in hummas, yesterday. I used a mortar and pestle, yet all I could get was a sort of sesame meal. Once I added a drop of olive oil it looked more like a paste. Too much work to do often, but good to know I can make some in a pinch :0)