INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

White poppy seeds are not widely available, but you will find them in Indian grocers.

Storage

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent them from becoming rancid.

Preparation

Because they’re so small and have a tendency to stick together, poppy seeds are often dry-roasted, or soaked and ground before use to make them easier to handle. In Central and Eastern Europe, they are sprinkled onto cakes, breads, biscuits and bagels, and added to potato, egg, pasta, cream and cheese dishes. In India, they are used as a spice or as a thickener in curries.