Native to the Mediterranean, the poppy plant produces showy, colorful flowers and tiny slate-blue seeds. Poppy seeds are selected for their nutty flavor and rich color, perfect for adding to breads, dressings and fruit. The appealing crunchy texture and mild nutty flavor make poppy seeds a favorite for sprinkling on rolls, breads, pastries and cookies. Or stir them into the batter for muffins, pound cakes and pancakes.
Poppy seeds add a pop of color when whisked into dressings for fruit, coleslaw or greens. Try poppy seed butter over noodles, rice, fish, potatoes or vegetables. The seeds figure prominently in Eastern European, German and Turkish cuisines. Refrigerate or freeze your jar of poppy seeds to keep them fresh.