Poppy Seed (Posta Dana) is the dried seed of Papaver somniferum, an erect annual herb, 30-150 cm long with a 0.5-1.5 cm thick stem. While the stem is glabrous with thick waxy coating, the leaves are numerous, alternate, spreading horizontally, to about 15-25 cm. Flowers are few, solitary, on a 10-15 cm long peduncle. The fruit is a capsule with waxy coating. Seeds are numerous, very small, white grey with an oily endosperm. Poppy is a self pollinated plant. The seed is the spice.
The centre of origin of Poppy is the Western Mediterranean region of Europe. It is cultivated in India, Russia, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Portugal for its legal pharmaceutical use. It is cultivated in temperate and sub-tropical region and requires a well drained, highly fertile, light black cotton soil having a good percentage of fine sand. In India it is a licensed crop since the latex of the mature fruit are collected for the production of opium, a narcotic substance.
Poppy Seed (Posta Dana) is used as a food and as a source of fatty oil. It is widely used for culinary purposes. Because of its highly nutritive nature it is used in breads, cakes, cookies, pastries, curries, sweets and confectionary.
Its seeds are demulcent and are used against constipation. The capsules are used as a sedative against irritant coughing and sleeplessness in the form of syrup or extract.
Our specially treated poppy seeds are sourced from Nimaj, Rajasthan
DNV Poppy Seed (Posta Dana) packaging caters to all your cooking motives. We offer 500gm, 200gm, 100gm, 50gm and small pack. So be it the gala dinner at home or the quick unplanned picnic, DNV Poppy Seeds packet is the talk of the kitchen.