Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) is an annual plant part of the Peadliaceae family. It is one of the most ancient oleaginous seeds. It has been grown for over 4000 years, but its cultivation in Burkina Faso only began in the twentieth century.
In Burkina Faso, the Sesame seeds are sown at the beginning of July, during the rainy season. When the plants turn yellow, they are harvested, bundled and dried for a few weeks before separating the seeds. They are then sold by the end of the year.