oppy seeds are dried, kidney-shaped seeds of the annual plant Papaver somniferum (En. sleep-bringing poppy). The plant is used in production of opium, and just in case you ask yourselves – yes, you can fail a drug test after eating poppy seeds, for real! If you think that this is a myth, just open YouTube and type “Eating poppy failed drug test” in the search field and see for yourself!
Also, all of you who enjoyed “Seinfeld” sitcom back in the 90’s surely remember when Elaine Benes failed a drug test after eating poppy seed muffin! Unfortunately, that scenario didn’t happen only in the writers’ imagination; there are several cases where people lost their jobs due to positive drug test caused by this tiny seed. Poppies were even used in the fairy tale “The Wizard of Oz” to put the main character, Dorothy, to sleep. However, in real life they don’t have that effect in spite of the opium content.
Poppy seeds are very small in size, slate blue in color and they have a sweet, nutty flavor. The interesting fact – it takes 3,300 poppy seeds to make up a gram (0.035oz), and between 1 and 2 million seeds to make up a pound (450g)! A country with largest poppy seed production in the world is the Czech Republic with annual production of 12,814 metric tons.
Anyway, if you don’t plan to do a supervised pee-in-the-cup “exercise” in the next 48 hours, this delicious tart will be hard to resist. I say – don’t even try to resist, just relax and go with the flow!
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