Sesame oil is a type of vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds, which are the seeds of the Sesamum indicum plant. It has been widely used in various cuisines around the world for centuries, particularly in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.
Sesame oil is known for its distinct nutty flavor and aroma, which adds a rich and savory taste to dishes. It is available in two main types: light sesame oil and dark sesame oil. Light sesame oil is made from toasted sesame seeds and has a lighter color and milder flavor, while dark sesame oil is made from roasted sesame seeds, giving it a deeper color and stronger flavor.