Out-of-date sesame seeds

I’ve had a large packet of sesame seeds in my cupboard for quite some time. At least two years. As they came from Fuel for Schools (The Real Junk Food Project, which I’ve mentioned in previous posts), they might well have been out of date when I got them, so I’ve been feeding them to the birds.

The pigeons seemed to be enjoying them in the past few weeks, so with some relatively uncovered ground in the back garden, I gave it a liberal sprinkling. But the pigeons stopped dropping in for a mouthful, which I thought was down to finding a more appealing food source.

Then I noticed that the seeds were no more. In their place there are now seedlings instead and I have a feeling these seedlings have germinated from what I would have expected to be truly dead seeds.

I have actually tried to grown sesame from seeds in a deliberate fashion. I can no longer remember why I didn’t get any further than seedlings but I imagine the unintended consequences of spreading bird feed will ultimately fare no better.

I’ll let you know, though, if I’m inundated with fresh seeds!

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to Out-of-date sesame seeds

  1. pobept says:

    FYI – Sesame can be stored for maximum 5 years in proper conditions.
    Good Luck

    Happy Gardening

  2. When I kept poultry I kept finding grains had germinated from their left-overs. Sometimes it was a bonus and sometimes a nuisance!

  3. What fun to see them sprout, Helen. I’m looking forward to hearing your results as time progresses.

  4. Not recycled by the birds?

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