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Poppy Seed

Poppy Seed

General Description: This spice is the seed of the opium poppy. The seeds do not contain any narcotic property. The seeds are tiny kidney-shaped, slate blue in color and are crunchy texture and nut-like in flavor.

Uses: They are used to flavor breads, cakes, rolls, and cookies. Sprinkle over the top of food, use as a garnish or as a spice with cottage cheese, cream cheese, scrambled eggs, cheese, pie crust, fruit salad, cookies, cakes, breads, pastries, green salads, salad dressing, curries, sauces for meat and fish, vegetables and noodles. Toasting lightly in a dry skillet will crisp and bring out seed’s full nutty flavor.

History: Poppy seed has been cultivated for over 3,000 years. Women in the second century cultivated poppy plants for opium and suggested opium in medicine. Islamic and Arabian countries used opium as a medicine and narcotic in the sixth century. The red poppy flower has been the symbol of honor and fallen warriors throughout history.

Origin: Poppy Seed is produced in various countries including the Netherlands, Australia, Romania and Turkey

Shelf Life: 2-3 years