Bulk Poppy Seed Whole

Papaver somniferum
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[ 816 ]Papaver somniferum

Poppy Seed Whole

1/4 Pound:  $2.58 Pound:  $5.73 buy now  

Poppy seeds are harvested from opium poppy, the flowering plant that brought sleep to Dorothy and comrades in the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz.

Although the plant has long been cultivated for opium, it has also been grown specifically for its seeds since the Bronze Age. In Middle Eastern cuisine, the seeds are used to enhance the flavor of yeast breads and to make a paste to fill pastries.

Poppy seeds contain very little opiate derivatives, largely due to the fact that the best quality seeds are obtained from dried, mature seed pods instead of unripe green pods. Be aware, however, that the rumor about poppy seeds is true—consuming a quantity of seeds shortly before taking a drug screening test can cause false-positive results.

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approximate cups to one pound4
plant part usedseed

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dry location.
appearance & aromaSeeds are small, blue-black in color and kidney-shaped, with a mildly sweet aroma that is enhanced after baking or roasting.


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culinaryUse to flavor bagels, pastries, pretzels, cakes and candies, as well as coleslaw and salad dressings. In the Middle East, poppy seeds are added to chutneys, curries, kormas, roasted root vegetables, casseroles and au gratin dishes. They are also fried in butter just until fragrant and then mixed into hot pasta.
safetyThere are no known safety concerns with normal use.

flavor profile

poppy seed

Poppy seeds have a nutty taste that becomes spicy-sweet with heat. They go well with sesame seeds, thyme, rosemary, cumin, ginger and turmeric.

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what else you should know

poppy seed

Many countries in Europe cultivate the beautiful poppy for its nutritive seed, which are added to a variety of foods ranging from pancakes and breads to vegetable and pasta dishes.

Poppy seeds contain 50% edible fixed oil that has been included in oil painting materials for many centuries. In fact, it’s considered by some to be a superior oil for that purpose. It belongs to the class of drying oils which includes linseed and hemp seed oils.

Because poppy seed is a favorite food for birds, poppy is also known as mawseed.

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