Poppy Seeds

Poppy seeds are the seeds of the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum. The kidney-shaped seeds are tiny and have a white coating on them. The usage of poppy seeds can be seen in many civilizations. And they have been part of traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern diets for thousands of years.

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The poppy seeds are harvested from the poppy flower during dry weather conditions when the seeds begin to rattle inside the pod. A poppy plant produces several flowers that burst open to reveal a bluish-green seed pod. Each plant contains a large central pod surrounded by dozens of small pods. The remaining bluish-green pods are dried for several days after all the flower petals have perished and fallen off, then split open to expose dozens of tiny bluish-black poppy seeds. Poppy fields have a maximum production of 2,500 seeds per square foot. The pods must be harvested for new poppy plants to sprout the following season because if they are not, they split open and scatter their seeds over a distance of several feet.


The cultivation of poppy seeds dates back to ancient times, but the modern industry started with the development of the seed’s illegal status around the turn of the 20th century. Despite that, poppy seeds are majorly produced in the Czech Republic. Other countries that harvest poppy seeds are Turkey, Afghanistan, Spain, and Slovakia.


  1. Poppy seeds are a rich source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins. They are also high in calcium and magnesium — both play crucial roles in maintaining your body’s health.
  2. They are very healthy for your skin because they help reduce inflammation or any infections in the body. In fact, poppy seeds contain more antioxidants than blueberries and cranberries combined!
  3. They are low in fat but high in fiber and protein, which may improve gut health and reduce constipation. 
  4. The poppy seeds contain morphine, codeine, thebaine, and other opium alkaloids having pain-relieving, sleep-inducing, and calming properties.
  5. The poly and monounsaturated fats in poppy seeds help to maintain heart and skin health. 


Poppy seeds are a great addition to any dish. They’re delicious, they’re easy to use, and they’ll make whatever you’re making taste better.

The rich nutty flavor of poppy seeds is used as a topping for bread, cakes, pastry crusts, pancakes, waffles, or other confectionery and baked dishes. Use them in place of cornmeal when making muffins, cupcakes, cookies, or other baked goods to help them rise higher and stay softer longer when eaten later on! 

The crunchy textured seeds are used to make a hot drink called opium tea, which is often mixed with milk or water, and sugar. Also, the seeds add creaminess and thickness to the curries in Indian foods. Finally, relish the nutty crunch by adding the seeds to your fruits or salads, by sprinkling a teaspoon or two of poppy seeds in the dressing.