Sesame is thought to be one of the oldest cultivated plants. The Ancient Egyptian used to grind the seeds and use them as flour. The Chinese used sesame oil to make Indian ink, with the Romans mixed it with cumin, and they used the paste that was produced in the bread. The taste of sesame is mild and is similar to that of the walnuts. In Greece, sesame is used in many traditional dishes, like Koulouri of Thessaloniki, Greek brittle (pasteli) and lagana bread.