Poppy seeds have several culinary uses and can be ground to paste or used whole, as a spice or a thickener or to garnish. The seeds are a rich source of fibre and have vitamin B and folic acid. They help increase body resistance. Poppy seed
is an oilseed
obtained from the opium poppy
). The tiny, kidney-shaped seeds have been harvested from dried seed pods
by various civilizations for thousands of years. It is still widely used in many countries, especially in Central Europe
, where it is legally grown and sold in shops. The seeds are used whole or ground into meal as an ingredient in many foods – especially in pastry
– and they are pressed to yield poppyseed oil
They are a rich source of thiamin, folate and other essential mineral including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Poppy seeds are known to relieve exhaustion, decrease anxiety and aid a good night's sleep. They also provide relief for abdominal pain, and can be used to ease a dry cough.