When thinking of poppy seeds, I think of the red poppy flower.  Which is right, because that is where they come from.  Have you heard that the seeds is what they make Opium from? Well, that is not entirely true; although there is a tiny bit of opiate in the seed.  Opium is not made from the seed, but the sap that comes out of the pod that the seed is in.

Poppy Seed

Poppies are native to Mediterranean regions. Today, Holland Australia and the Czech Repblic are the main producers of poppy seeds.  Poppy Seeds are used to flavor breads, cakes, rolls, and cookies.

Since antiquity, poppies have symbolized honor.  That is why when we celebrate Memorial Day, the Poppy is used; to honor those military personnel who died serving.

Poppy Flower


Published by Culinary Chick

My name is Anna Hattauer and I love to cook. I am a personal chef living in Maryland. I grew up in California, joined the United States Army right after high school, got married, raised three children while going to college and working full time. As a young military wife and mother, we didn't have the money to go out to eat on a regular basis and had to make each pay check stretch. I learned how to prepare meals that were delicious, while staying within budget. While working full-time in the corporate world with the usual 2-3 hour I-270 commute, coupled with school & sports events, scouts and taking care of three children, it was tough to find the time or the energy to come home and prepare healthy meals for my family. Being a military family, we have traveled to many places around the world. I love trying new foods, the challenge of cooking new recipes and having friends over for dinner as well as cooking for special events. After cooking for my friends and family for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to share my love of food and make people happy, so I dropped the corporate chaos and attended a formal culinary school and became a certified personal chef. I am a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and I am licensed, insured and ServSafe certified.

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