Sesame plants have 125 to 135 days growing period and can provide substantial income for farmers.
The experience at my grandmother’s was filled with challenges and hard work. After planting the seeds water had to be carried in large buckets to supply enough water for the seeds to germinate. This was done for several days until the young plants began to push their way up through the ground. The plants then required fertilizer to add to the soil. Again manually carrying and spreading the organic fertilizer when needed
I learned that perseverance helps one overcome many hardships in life. This experience provided me with the opportunity to do something I had never done before. I had to face challenges that I had to find solutions to. I had to endure physical stress and hard physical labor. I learned that by not quitting in the beginning when it seemed impossible I could meet the challenges and even gain the satisfaction of overcoming the challenges.
I also gained an appreciation for the sesame seeds. These plants have been farmed and grown by man for a long time. Records of farming sesame seeds date backs thousands of years. The sesame seed was valued by people in ancient times as source of oil and medicinal uses. Recent studies show that sesame seeds do contain antioxidants that are beneficial to healthy living. Even though these tiny seed have been scientifically studied, much of the world’s production of these tiny seeds is still down by hand, in most parts of the world. The crops are planted in land still plowed by oxen. The tending of the fields is done by manual labor, including carrying water and spreading of organic fertilizer, exactly like the experience I had at my grandmother’s. The crops are also harvested by hand, to prevent loss of or damage to the seed pods. The growers and their hired hands use machetes to cut down and stack the plants. Then the process of separating the seeds from the pods begins.
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