Poppy seeds are the seeds of the poppy plant. They contain dietary fiber, calcium and iron and have been enjoyed for their benefits since the days of ancient Egypt. Toast poppy seeds before adding to salads, dressings or dips. Soak About Poppy Seeds Poppy seeds'unique nutty flavour is due to their high concentration of essential fatty acids and oils, which comprise about 50% of their net weight. They're traditionally used as a paste or whole in confectionery recipes and bread. The seeds are rich in antioxidant oleic and linoleum acids and minerals: iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Tasty Tips and Storage In India and Pakistan, gently fried seeds are ground into a paste used to thicken dips or curries. In Austria and Hungary, the seeds are used in sweet pastry dishes like Strudel and Germknodel. Enjoy poppy seeds in salad dressings, stuffing, rolls, bagels, quick bread, biscuits, and cakes. Soaking poppy seeds for at least one hour in hot water or milk can help release nutrient components before baking. Poppy seeds have a high oil content and go rancid if not stored properly. Store in an airtight container or our resealable bags in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator or freezer. Stored in the refrigerator poppy seeds can be stored for a year or more.