White Poppy Seeds
Poppy seeds come from a yellowish brown opium plant native to the Mediterranean. They have been cultivated since the 6th century for the seeds, but also for opium, the narcotic that comes from the unripe seed. These mature seeds do not have narcotic properties. Nowadays these tiny white seeds are mainly produced in the Middle East.There are more than 900,000 poppy seeds to the pound.
White poppy seeds are used in Indian cooking and add thickness, texture and flavor to sauces. Less sweet than blue poppy seeds, they are also used in lentil and rice dishes. Refrigerate or freeze poppy seeds to maintain freshness.