Poppy Seeds (Khasa Khasa) are healthful oilseeds used as condiment in cooking. It is Nutty and pleasant in taste, although the seeds obtained from the dry fruits (pods) of the poppy plant (opium poppy), they are totally free from any disturbing side effects of other poppy plant products such as opium poppy. The seeds are used as a whole or in a grounded form in many of the culinary preparations around the world. Frying on a gentle flame would release aromatic essential oils from the seeds and this enhances the crunchiness. Because of its highly nutritive nature it is used in breads, cakes, cookies, pastries, curries, sweets and confectionary.
- Poppy seeds are effective in quenching thirst, fever, inflammation, constipation and irritation of the abdomen.
- These seeds have a decent supply of fatty acids that are needed for the body’s physiological state. They are found to be rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Poppy seeds contain many plant-derived chemical compounds that found to have antioxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties.
The centre of origin of Poppy is the Western Mediterranean region of Europe and is cultivated in India, Russia, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Portugal for its legal pharmaceutical use. It is also grown illegally for the narcotic trade in Burma, Thailand and Laos (Golden Triangle) and Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran (Golden Crescent).