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Poppy Seed

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Reported by John Immel, Asheville, NC

Poppy Seed Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Appetite-suppressant, Builds-stamina, Calms-heart, Grounding, Makes-you-tired, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Relaxes-mind, Relieves-burning, Relieves-tension, Stimulates-base-of-skull
Type: Nuts-Seeds, Spices
Meal: Lunch-Dinner, Snack-Dessert
Style: Indian, Middle-Eastern
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: Blue-purple
Subtaste: Bland, Crunchy
Nourishes: Bone, Reproductive
Effect: Ojas, Tamasic, Alkalizing
Nutrient: Antioxidant, Calcium, Fats, Insoluble-fiber, Zinc
Element: Earth
Moves energy: Downward, Inward

Serving Size: 1/16 tsp
Pharmacological Effects
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

ayurvedic perspective

From the poppy family, contains slight traces of narcotics that, like nutmeg, help induce sleep.

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Buy fresh, as the seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats, which make them vulnerable to oxidation and turn rancid. Note: The seeds are so small that a single pound contains between 1 and 2 million seeds.
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Poppy seeds are tasteless until roasted, when they take on a nutty flavor. A coffee grinder may be the easiest way of grinding the seeds for use in teas. Poppy seeds have a variety of uses. In New York where I come from they are common as a decorative garnish on kaiser rolls & bagels.

Poppy seed paste is a popular filling in many baked desserts in eastern Europe and the middle east. A delicious paste can be made by combining roasted poppy seeds with honey. The pastes may be flavored with lemon or orange zest, alternatively coconut butter. Fennel, saffron, cardamom and nutmeg combine well with poppy seeds flavor wise.

In Bengali cooking poppy seeds are popularly employed in potato dishes, shrimp recipes, or simply in rice. Poppy seeds many be fried in ghee or butter and drizzled over your favorite dishes. Poppy seeds may be pressed to yield delicious poppyseed oil. Ground seeds are used as a thickening agent in many soups, especially white poppy seeds because they do not alter the color of the soup.

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