Hulled Sesame Seeds Vs. Unhulled Sesame Seeds

by Vanya Sharma last updated -

 Likes  Comments

We all must have heard about sesame seeds at least once in our lives – they are one of the oldest oilseed crops, belonging to the genus Sesamum, native to Africa and India. These seeds have a number of health benefits and can be made a part of our diet in many different and delicious ways. However, what is also important to know is that there are two varieties of these seeds available in the market, known as the hulled sesame seeds and the unhulled sesame seeds. In this article, we tell you the difference between the two and their uses.

Hulled Sesame Seeds Vs. Unhulled Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds have an outer cover, also known as the hull or husk. The outer cover or coat can be removed before these seeds are consumed.

Main Difference

When the outer cover of sesame seeds is removed, they are known as hulled sesame seeds. The ones with the cover are the unhulled or natural variety of sesame seeds.

Taste, Color, & Texture

Hulled sesame seeds are white in color and have a milder and nuttier taste, compared to the unhulled variety. The difference in taste between these two comes from the processing that the hulled variety goes through. The hulls of these seeds contain oxalates, which are bitter-tasting compounds (giving the unhulled variety their bitter taste), also present in kale, rhubarb, and a number of other vegetables.

Organic natural sesame seeds on the wooden spoon


You can use sesame seeds for making tahini paste, sprinkling on top of burgers, bread, and baked goods, and as a garnish for salads, stir-fries and more. They are also used to make sesame milk and sesame oil. You can use any of the two variants of these seeds, depending on the kind of bitterness you want in your dish.

You may try adding sesame seeds over the following too.


There is not much of a difference in nutrition between the hulled and unhulled variety of sesame seeds. Both are rich in protein, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and more. They also make for a good source of energy and help you keep hydrated as per the USDA’s Nutrition Database. Given their interesting nutrition profile, sesame seeds are also good for the heart, digestion, bones, and inflammation.


Both the hulled and unhulled variety of these seeds are safe for consumption. Just make sure you are not allergic to them. Protection Status
About the Author

Vanya Sharma handles the medical expert collaboration for Organic Facts. She is also responsible for the website’s monthly newsletter and website content and contributes to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube regularly. A writer at heart, she joined the website while she was still pursuing her English Literature degree from IGNOU, Delhi, India. Vanya has completed the “Introduction to Food and Health” certificate program from Stanford University, US. She aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.

Rate this article
Average rating 0.0 out of 5.0 based on 0 user(s).

Latest Health News:

Sepsis written on a blue-screened tab with a stethoscope over it.

Study Finds Sepsis Kills 1 in 5, Double The Expected Cases

Sepsis may be causing more deaths worldwide than we believe. According to a joint study by the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Washington,…

Back view of a sleeping woman on a dark colored-pillow and comforter.

Blue Light Therapy Can Help In Recovery From Mild Brain Trauma

One of the ways to treat a brain injury is by correcting disruptions to sleep and sleep cycles. In a study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease,…

An arrangement of bottles of skincare and cosmetics

Oxybenzone & Propylparaben Can Add To Breast Cancer Risk

Today is not the first you might be hearing about the presence of carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents, in your beauty products. But a team of researchers has…