Poppy seeds

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. They are nutty tasting and come in blue, gray, or white colors. Ancient civilizations including the Sumerians, Ancient Egyptians, and Minoans have cultivated and used poppy seeds as a folk remedy to aid sleeping, promote fertility and wealth, and even to provide supposed magical powers of invisibility. Today, the seeds are used, whole or ground, as an ingredient in many foods, and they are pressed to yield poppyseed oil..

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