Organic Poppy Seed

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Poppy Seed

Botanical Name: Papaver somniferum

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Product Name   Size Origin SKU Price Qty
Organic Poppy Seed 1 lb Turkey 209930-01
Organic Poppy Seed Jar 2.47 oz Turkey 250270
Organic Poppy Seed Pouch 3.25 oz Turkey 209930-03
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Poppy Seed (Papaver somniferum)

Latin Name: Papaver somniferum
Common Names: Poppy seed

The poppy seed (Papaver somniferum) is a tiny, kidney shaped seed from the poppy flower. It has been cultivated for some 3,000 years throughout Asia, Asia Minor and parts of the Middle East for food seasonings and as a medicinal herb.

There are two major varieties of the poppy seed. The blue variety is a common seasoning in European baking, while the white variety is used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Despite differences in appearance, there is only slight variation in flavor between the two.

Although the poppy is sometimes grown for its opiate properties, culinary poppy seeds are allowed to mature, leaving them devoid of opiates at the time of harvest. When used for food seasonings, poppy seeds only add a slightly sweet, nutty flavor and aroma to any dish. The warm flavor grows more pronounced and a bit spicier when a dish featuring poppy seeds is exposed to heat.

Poppy seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, making them a healthful choice for organic seasonings. They can be used whole or crushed, though they are difficult to grind unless first roasted.

Poppy seeds are used as food seasonings in a variety of ways throughout the world. In Western cuisine, they flavor baked goods, such as breads and cakes, while they are ground and used to thicken sauces and curries in Indian and Turkish foods. European and Slavic cuisine uses poppy seeds to season fish, vegetable and noodle dishes.

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This is by far the best Poppy seeds you can find, they arent washed crazily(not sure why people would wash them at all) washing seeds takes away the taste, its ridiculous...but these seeds are very strong.

by Solo on August 13, 2014

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Questions & Answers for Poppy Seed

Are these seeds washed and are they able to germinate?
Question by: Rick on May 08, 2014
Some lots are washed and some are not, as we have more than one supplier for our poppy seeds. As of the date of this answer, our most recent shipment of organic poppy seeds was unwashed.

We do not test for germination. It's likely some will germinate, but you will probably have mixed results. If you're looking to plant these, it would be best to find a purveyor of seeds for that specific purpose.
Answer by: Starwest Staff on May 08, 2014

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