Poppy seeds are an oil seed that can be used whole or ground as an ingredient in a variety of food dishes. They are highly nutritious and less allergenic than many other seeds and nuts.
Poppy seed is an oilseed obtained from the poppy (Papaver rhoeas). The tiny kidney-shaped seeds have been harvested from dried seed pods by various civilizations for thousands of years.
The seeds are used, whole or ground, as an ingredient in many foods – especially in pastry and bread, and they are pressed to yield poppyseed oil.
In a 100 gram amount, poppy seeds provide 525 Calories and are a rich source of thiamin, folate, and several essential minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc (table). Poppy seeds are composed of 6% water, 28% carbohydrates, 42% fat, and 21% protein.