Absent, except for cross-contamination.
May contain traces of sesame, celery, mustard, soy.
- Storage / Use In a cool, dark, dry place.
Olivier Rœllinger's words
Poppy seeds do not contain any opium. The narcotic substance is found in the plants’ green, immature pods.
Poppies are native to the Mediterranean basin. Arab merchants took them East and introduced them to Persia, India and China.
In cooking, poppy seeds are used to add flavor and texture to breads, bagels, cookies/biscuits, crackers and pastries. Poppy seeds can also be sprinkled on potatoes and raw vegetables. They pair well with cream and onions and can be added to a quiche lorraine or an onion tart.
Poppy seed and sesame nougat is a popular sweet in Turkey. In India, ground poppy seeds are added to masala sauces to thicken them, while whole poppy seeds are used to season naan flatbreads.