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Poppy Seed


Poppy seeds are the tiny, dried, kidney-shaped seed of the annual Papaver somniferum. The seeds are very small in size, slate-blue or white in color and are nut-like in flavor.


Poppy seeds are used to garnish breads and rolls, ground in sauces and pastry fillings, and added to vegetables and salad dressings. Turkish cuisine uses toasted poppy seeds, while Indian and Turkish spice blends rely on crushed poppy seeds for flavor and texture.


Poppy seed is produced in various countries including the Netherlands, Australia, Romania and Turkey. The Dutch variety, noted for its uniform slate-blue color, is recognized as the best quality seed and comprises most imports into the United States.


Poppy seed has been cultivated for more than 3,000 years. The tiny poppy seed actually comes from the plant that produces opium. The botanical name for the poppy flower means "sleep-bearing." (Poppies were even used in The Wizard of Oz to put Dorothy to sleep.) The seed does not have this effect. Poppy seed was used as a condiment as early as the first century A.D. The red poppy flower has been the symbol of fallen warriors throughout history and was adopted as the emblem to commemorate Veterans Day in the United States.

papaver somniferum


    Uniform, slate-blue

    Flavor & Aroma


    Sensory Profile

    Poppy seed is generally described as possessing a pleasant, crunchy nut-like flavor and aroma.

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        Nov. 22, 2009 8:47 am
        looking for a quick and easy recipe for poppy seed strudel.
        Dec. 24, 2009 9:10 pm
        Poppy seed muffins are delicious!
        May 5, 2010 1:22 pm
        I have used poppy seeds in salad dressings and also in quick breads. Both are delicious. The breads come out nice and moist with poppy seeds. I was happy to learn and read the various articles above about the origin of this seed.
        Jun. 5, 2010 6:36 pm
        Does anyone know how long poppyseeds a good for??
        Aug. 16, 2010 6:45 am
        Dec. 24, 2010 7:40 am
        they go bad quickly... must keep in fridge.
        Apr. 28, 2011 6:34 pm
        poppy seed strudel, yes, me, too, please
        Mar. 9, 2012 6:51 pm
        My father and grandparents were Czech. My great-grandparents homesteaded in North central Kansas. three generations on the farm. We lived 7 miles from Cuba Kansas, a town of about 300 people 60 years ago. The town is still there but population much smaller now. Almost everyone was Czech but only the "old" people spoke it. I have many wonderful memories of those days. National Geographic magazine did an article on Cuba several years ago. It was about how all the small towns are dying out. My grandmother, mother & I all learned how to make Kolaches. Last December I went to the Czech Republic with 2 of my sons,a lifelong dream of mine. It is stunning, so many 5 & 6 story buildings from 400-600 years old. All still being used. We stayed in Prague for 12 days. If any of you Czechs get a chance to go don't pass it up. Actually you can find lots of pictures on the internet to give you an idea. M.Jake
        Sep. 30, 2012 5:11 am
        Where can I buy poppyseeds?
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