Toasted sesame seed plants have been grown since ancient times, originating from Asia, also produced in south America, Africa and India. They are known to be more drought-resistant than other oil seed plants. International Collection toasted sesame oil is sourced from Guatemala, japan and south America, where the seeds are lightly toasted before being expeller pressed. This results in an oil that is deliciously rich and dark brown in color. Toasted sesame oil is the leading specialty oil and is used extensively in Asian -style cuisine. It has a strong flavor and should therefore be used sparingly in stir-fry’s, to create dressings or dips or simply to drizzle over steamed rice or vegetables.