Benne (or sesame) seeds are a staple ingredient of many Lowcountry dishes and desserts, but when and from where did it come to Charleston? In this episode, we’ll explore the earliest descriptions of benne cultivation and use here, and the colonial-era traditions we continue to enjoy today. South Carolina was once mad about benne, but it wasn’t just the taste that made it so important to our economy.
A Brief History of Benne in the Lowcountry
Astute listeners might remember that I did a program about benne seeds back in April 2015, and I plan to publish this research in the near future. It’s just a matter of finding a few extra hours in the day. . . .