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Remember Elaine on Seinfeld losing her job because she ate a poppy seed muffin? Busting the myth, you can’t fail a drug test simply by eating a muffin.
On the contrary, poppy seeds are a popular addition to many baked goods and culinary dishes. For thousands of years, poppy seeds have been harvested, primarily in Central Europe, where the plant is legally grown and sold. Known for their nutty, distinct flavor, poppy seeds are used regularly in baking pastries and breads, including bagels, muffins and cookies. They are also used as a decorative garnish in many dishes adding texture and flavor.
The tiny, oilseed comes from the pod of a poppy plant – opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). The pod is picked from the stalk and harvested and dried, producing millions of tiny oilseeds. Poppy seeds are very high in oil and can be pressed into poppy seed oil or paste for use in kitchen as well.
Traditional poppy seeds are normally dark blue to black in color or perhaps a bluish-gray. However, other colors exist and are chosen for specific usages. For example, German and Polish cuisines tend to prefer blue poppy seeds, while other cultures, when using poppy seeds as a sauce thickener, prefer white poppy seeds. Mount Hope only carries the dark blue-black variety.
Regardless of color, poppy seeds are a rich source of vitamins thiamine and folate plus minerals calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium. Poppy seeds:
- Create a strong antioxidant defense
- Aid digestion
- Improve cognitive function
- Support healthy bone development
- Help manage blood pressure
Origins of the Drug Test Myth
Harvesting poppy seeds is first and foremost done for agricultural crop. However, it is also the byproduct of cultivating opium and poppy straw, the leaves and stalk which remain after the poppy bulb has been removed. Both opium and poppy straw are used in manufacturing pharmaceutical drugs such as morphine and other opiates, while the mature poppy pods can be used in a decorative manner as part of floral arrangements. The seed doesn’t carry any of these properties, but the correlation does make a for a good laugh in the hands of Jerry and the gang.