Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy plant (Papaver rhoeas).[1] The seeds come from dried seed pods. They have been harvested for thousands of years by many different cultures.[1]

Poppy seeds are sometimes called maw seeds.

Uses for poppy seeds[edit | edit source]

Poppy seeds have many culinary uses. They have a mild, sweet taste and have a nice firm crunch when eaten.

Cooking poppy seeds transforms their flavour to nutty and bittersweet.

They are often added to the topping of baked goods, sometimes mixed with sesame seeds.

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