Poppy Seeds from Suma. Poppy Seeds are the dried, kidney-shaped seed of the annual 'Papaver somniferum'. The seeds are very small in size, slate blue in colour and are nut-like in flavour. As they're so small poppy seeds have a tendency to stick together, so they're often dry-roasted, or soaked and ground before use to make them easier to handle.
In Central and Eastern Europe, they are sprinkled onto cakes, breads, biscuits and bagels, and added to potato, egg, pasta, cream and cheese dishes. In India, they are used as a spice or as a thickener in curries.