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Castroni Blue Poppy Seeds
The poppy (Papaver somniferum L., 1753) is part of the Papaveraceae family and is native to western Asia. The small seeds are spherical and generally dark, almost black color.
The plant of the poppy is cultivated since ancient times in the Eastern Mediterranean region and Central Asia. The black Poppy seeds have a flavor reminiscent of almonds and hazelnuts. The flavor is definitely reinforced by roasting or baking. Thanks to their content of protein and fat oils, seeds are used in the food industry for baking and pastry.
In Central Europe they are widely used in the bakery to flavor breads, bagels, pretzels, cakes and pastries. Toasted and then grounded to a paste with the sugar-spice also strudel stuffed with fruit (in particular it pairs well with apples and pears). In India they are widely used in varied dishes of vegetarian cuisine. Very used in Jewish and Central Food, Good added to vegetable dishes, in salads and in soups or to decorate soft cheeses.
One of their interesting property is that of a thickener, in which case let soak the seeds covered with water for several hours, then mix all together and use the mixture in baking.
The seeds were once used as a mild sedative also in bronchial diseases.