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Harvesting Poppy Seeds

August 20th, 2019

I grow a lot of breadseed poppies here, they seem to spring up every summer. They bloom beautifully, so I only pull the ones that are in locations where I simply can’t allow them to grow. The rest of them get to grow wherever they germinate, which seems to be everywhere. This year I’ve had more than I’ve ever had in the garden.

Now that’s they’ll all finished blooming, the seed pods are starting to dry off. Since there are so many, I don’t want all those seeds falling on the soil and germinating next year. I’m harvesting as many seed heads as I can and saving them to use this winter.

It looks like I’ll get about 6 cups of poppy seeds for baking (I’ll save a few Tablespoons for planting). I’ve never really been a poppyseed kind of a person, for baking and such. Now that I have a lot, I plan on making a few things.

Do you have any great poppyseed recipes to recommend?

2 Comments to “Harvesting Poppy Seeds”
  1. Sara on August 20, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Wow that’s so much poppy seed! There’s a poppy seed streusal bar in New Midwestern Table that I keep meaning to try, and Classic German Baking has a bunch of recipes that use them. I love when you have a bumper crop of something and get to try new things.

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  2. Susan Ingle on August 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Oooooh yes, one of my favorites in lemon poppyseed muffins and lemon poppyseed sweet bread. Have fun!

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