White poppy seeds are not very popular due to lower availability. A pity, because white poppy seeds, like blue poppy seeds, contain valuable nutrients and its consumption is beneficial to health. Discover the properties of white poppy and learn how to prepare it and where to buy it.
What are poppy seeds?
White poppy seeds are the second main variety next to the blue poppy seed. It is characteristic of Eastern cuisine, particularly popular in Indian cuisine.
The taste of white poppy is slightly more delicate and sweeter than blue poppy, which is why it is mainly used in confectionery as a filling for cakes, cookies, rolls, and cakes. It is also a component of St. Martin’s croissants – a product with a protected designation of origin, entered on the list of protected geographical indications and baked on 11 November (on St. Martin’s Day).
White poppy seeds are small, hard and take the shape of a kidney, they are slightly smaller than blue poppy seeds.
White poppy seeds – nutritional value
White poppy seeds are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and polyunsaturated fatty acids – this determines its health benefits, despite the fact that it is very caloric because 100 g of poppy seeds is up to 525 kcal.
Poppyseed is characterized by a high content of copper, calcium and phosphorus. 100 g of poppy seed contains 1.627 mg of copper, which covers the body’s daily requirement for this element in 181%, 1438 mg of calcium – 144% of daily demand and 870 mg of phosphorus – 124% of daily demand.
White poppy seeds are an excellent source of iron, magnesium and zinc. It is also rich in vitamins, mainly in B vitamins, including folates.
White poppy seeds – for whom is not recommended?
Despite the favourable health properties, white poppy seeds are not recommended for everyone. People who take medicines should be especially cautious because poppies can interact with them, which can be dangerous to health.
In addition, poppy seeds are hard to digest, therefore it should not be included in the diet of children under 2 years of age, people on an easily digestible diet and people with gastrointestinal diseases. Pregnant women should also consume poppy seeds in moderation, although it is a good source of folic acid.
White poppy seeds – how to prepare?
White poppy seed, used as an addition to salads, granola, muesli, cookies, muffins or as a baking topping, is best before adding it to short roasting in a pan or baking, which will increase its taste and aroma.
However, the white poppy seed used as a filling for cakes should be poured with boiling water before grinding, left for a few hours and drain the excess water. Another way to prepare poppy seed for cakes is to pour hot water over it and cook for about half an hour from the moment it boils.
White poppy seed where to buy?
White poppy seeds can be bought in health food stores, supermarkets or online stores. Due to the fact that it is a high-quality product, it is also quite expensive – for 1 kg of white poppy seeds, you have to pay around 5-10 $ and for 1 kg of BIO poppy seeds up to even 30$!