The poppy is in the genus papaver and there are over 50 species in that genus. Papaver somniferum have different many different sub-species ranging from the opium poppy to poppy that we get edible poppy seeds to the common garden poppy. In the past few years I have tried to identify the poppy that I have growing and I can never seem to find the right one. It seems to be the closest to Renee’s Garden “Heirloom Pepperbox” which turns out to have edible poppy seeds.
Papaver laciniatum is the sub-species that has all the beautiful ruffled and double poppies.
This is my third year for poppies. I originally got the seeds from my neighbor. I would ask about the poppy I had and try to identify it at many of the garden-related places that I went to. What I really wanted to know is if the seeds could be used in baking. The poppy that I have found that it most closely resembles is Renee’s Garden “Heirloom Pepperbox,” but I am not sure I am brave enough to just go ahead and eat them. What I will do is order some from Renee’s Garden and plant them next spring.
It’s not that I bake a ton of things using poppy seeds, but I think it would be nice to never have to buy them again. I added store-bought poppy seeds to the top of the crackers I recently made. I have also added them to the soap I make, and I didn’t worry about using the ones I had collected from my poppies. When it comes to eating them, I would like to know I have the correct variety.
Last year I carefully collected the dry poppy seed pods so that I could control the amount of poppies that where scattered around and I could also have seeds to share with other people.
A few months ago I noticed a large group of poppies that were coming up on a pathway in a part of the vegetable garden.
This “accidental poppy patch” is a lot further along in their growth then the poppies that are in the garden where I normally plant them. The accidental poppy patch starts to get more sun several week before the other area does. These poppies are about chest height on me. You can get an idea of their height next to the 5′ fence they are near.
Do you grow poppies? What variety do you have? Do you know if your poppy seeds edible?