Poppy seeds are very high in oil and can be pressed into poppy seed oil or paste for use in kitchen as well.
There several different kinds of unwashed poppy seeds. The best are grown in the UK. Now with anything that is unwashed, especially poppy seed. You must know that you are getting kosher organic product. That you must take precaution and wash them and even bake them dry after washing. To ensure any opioids from their harvesting are thoroughly rinsed off and poppy seed water should never be consumed as it may be fatal.
That being said, the UK ones are the best which are actually bluish grey, brown or black – are revered for their nutty and sweet aroma. Baking, roasting or toasting the seeds unlocks this sweet flavor, making it an ideal companion in confections and creamy sauces. They make baked goods, “pop”! Bagels, muffins and overseas there are many tried and true holiday dishes using unwashed poppy seed!
Poppy seeds are a popular addition to many baked goods and culinary dishes. For thousands of years, poppy seeds have been harvested, primarily in Central Europe, where the plant is legally grown and sold. Known for their nutty, distinct flavor, poppy seeds are used regularly in baking pastries and breads, including bagels, muffins and cookies. They are also used as a decorative garnish in many dishes adding texture and flavor.
The tiny, oilseed comes from the pod of a poppy plant – opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). The pod is picked from the stalk and harvested and dried, producing millions of tiny oilseeds. Poppy seeds are very high in oil and can be pressed into poppy seed oil or paste for use in kitchen as well. Our poppy seeds are ‘unwashed,’ having a stronger flavor and better oil output when pressed.
Traditional poppy seeds are normally dark blue to black in color or perhaps a bluish-gray. However, other colors exist and are chosen for specific usages. For example, German and Polish cuisines tend to prefer blue poppy seeds, while other cultures, when using poppy seeds as a sauce thickener, prefer white poppy seeds. Mount Hope only carries the dark blue-black variety.
Regardless of color, poppy seeds are a rich source of vitamins thiamine and folate plus minerals calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium. Poppy seeds:
- Create a strong antioxidant defense
- Aid digestion
- Improve cognitive function
- Support healthy bone development
- Help manage blood pressure