What are Poppy Seeds?
Poppy seeds come from an herbaceous, annual flowering herb that reaches a height of 1-1.5 metres and has thick stems. The leaves are silvery-green in colour, alternate, simple, clasping with serrated edges. The 5-petaled flowers are terminal, 8-16cm in diameter and are pure white to reddish purple in colour. The seed capsule (fruit) contains tiny seeds that are greyish blue to dark bluey black in colour, kidney shaped and approximately 1mm in length.
Where do Poppy Seeds come from?
What’s the history of Poppy Seeds?
The poppy seed is mentioned in ancient medical texts from many civilisations. For instance, the Egyptian papyrus scroll named Ebers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC, lists poppy seed as a sedative. The Minoan civilization (approximately 2700 to 1450 BC), a Bronze Age civilisation which arose on the island of Crete, cultivated poppies for their seed, and used a milk, opium and honey mixture to calm crying babies. The Sumerians are another civilisation that are known to have grown poppy seeds.
How would you describe the flavour Poppy Seeds?
Poppy seeds have a sweet, mild nutty flavour with a hint of spiciness and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
What are alternative names for Poppy Seeds?
Blue Poppy Seeds, Opium Poppy, Garden Poppy, Mawseed, Pavot à Opium, Pavot des Jardins, Schlafmohn, Gartenmohn, Aphim Posta, Papavero, Dormideira, Opijnyj Mak, Semillas de Amapola, Kasa Kasa & Khashkhash and Papaver Somniferum.
What is the suggested use of Poppy Seeds?
Sprinkle onto cakes, breads and muffins or add to cakes such as poppy seed and lemon cake, biscuits and breads as well. Poppy seed butter is delicious when added to vegetables, pasta and noodles. Sprinkle the raw seeds onto cereal, salads such as coleslaw, to add a crunchy bite and try adding to marinades and salad dressings.
What are the nutritional values of Poppy Seeds?
It is believed that 100g of Poppy Seeds provide 535 calories and are a rich source of thiamin, folate, and several essential minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphours and zinc.
In 2016, world production of Poppy Seeds was 92,610 tonnes!
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