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Poppy Seed

Also Known As : Khus khus
Technical Name : Papaver somniferum


Taste Profile

It has nutty taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Poppy seeds can be used whole or grounded and added to dishes.
  2. It can be used in baked goods like cakes, bread, cookies, pastries, pancakes and waffles.

Common names and forms

  1. Khaskhas
  2. Khus Khus Seeds
  3. Khus-Khus
  4. Poopy seed paste
  5. Poppy
  6. Poppy seeds
  7. Posto
  8. White Poppy Seed


Poppy Seed is tiny kidney shaped oilseed obtained from the poppy plant, Papaver somniferum. They are harvested from the dried seed pods. It is considered as a spice in food.

Health benefits

  • Poppy seeds are a source of insoluble fiber that helps to improve digestion.(1)
  • It helps to improve female fertility.(1)
  • It decreases stress levels and induces sleep.(1)
  • It helps to treat mouth ulcers.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose poppy seeds that are clean and free from stones.


Consumption of poppy seeds can cause allergic reactions like hives, skin redness, and difficulty in breathing.(2)

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