The opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) is so widely used, for both drugs and food, that its worldwide production is monitored by international agencies. It yields opium and opiates, poppy seed for use in cooking and baking, poppyseed oil for both culinary and other uses. Cultivated for thousands of years, Blue Poppy Seeds are the minuscule dried seeds of the opium poppy.
The radiant blue-gray color, mild nutty flavor and crunchy texture make blue poppy seeds a welcome addition to breads, cookies and cakes alike. Popular cuisines for blue poppy seeds include European, Middle East, and Eastern Mediterranean. Try in salads, vegetables, curries, and pastries too.