White Poppy Seed
Poppy Seeds are tiny, nutty-flavored seeds used in many world cuisines. We source and select tiny creamy White Poppy Seeds with excellent texture and sweet, nutty flavor.
Ready to use. No preparation necessary. Dry roast before use for more intense flavor.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
White Poppy Seeds, along with their more common blue-black brethren, are harvested from opium poppy flowers (Papaver somniferum) that are native to the Mediterranean and now mainly grown in the Middle East region. They appear often in Indian and Pakistani cuisines, where they are used to add thickness, texture and flavor to many dishes. White Poppy Seeds appear in the Indian dishes "chapatti" grill bread, "korma" curry, and "aloo posto" (white poppy potatoes). The whole seeds are also used in chutneys.
Very close in flavor to other poppy seeds, but slightly less sweet, White Poppy Seeds can substitute for black or blue poppy seeds for a visually unique garnish, spice, condiment, thickener or main ingredient. They are also perfect for baking, on bread, rolls, muffins and coffee cakes. With a high oil content, poppy seeds can be pressed to produce a culinary oil that the French call "huile d'oeillette."
Coming from the opium poppy, it is natural that some people believe poppy seeds have hallucinogenic properties. While this is untrue (poppy seeds used for culinary purposes are harvested at full maturity, while opium is produced from immature seeds), poppy seeds do boast a variety of medicinal and health benefits. White Poppy Seeds can be used as a painkiller, and are used to make cough suppressants. They are said to help ear and tooth aches.
Bright and lemony with a bit of nutty crunch from white poppy seeds, this moist loaf cake incorporates coconut oil and coconut sugar and is finished with a bright, zest-flecked lemon glaze.