The Ecology of Humans (57-25) Poppy Seed

Poppy Seed

Poppy seeds – the spice – are the ripe seeds of the opium poppy, which produces opiate sap from unripe seed pods. The plant is native to the Middle East.

Poppy seeds featured in medical texts from many ancient civilizations. Ancient Egyptians ad Sumerians used the seeds as a sedative.

Poppy seeds are highly nutritious, and less allergenic than many other seeds and nuts.