Papaver Somniferum (Hungarian Blue Breadseed Poppy) Seeds




Somniferum is the variety of poppy whose seeds are most often used in culinary activities and baking. The seed oil is also used for a variety of purposes such as making paints, varnishes and salad dressings. Also like the peony, it has been a common feature of poetry and art dating well into ancient times. It is cultivated in many parts of the world as a crop and an ornamental flower. Unlike peonies, though, the flowers are not frilly. This variety’s attractive flowers are white with a purple mark in the center of each petal. With plants stretching up to four feet, the foliage is bluish green and resembles lettuce. They will usually hybridize with other poppies if precautions are not taken to prevent cross-pollination.

These seeds are of the Hungarian Blue Breadseed Poppy.  Despite the name “blue”, these poppies are actually purple. Although the flowers are similar to other purple strains like Zahir, this particular poppy is a European heirloom bred to have a high yield of seeds. It’s capsules have also been bred to retain the seeds when the pods are mature rather than dropping them as easily as ornamental types will. 

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