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By Gaia01

Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom Gb

I have a few of the yellow poppies in my garden and they have set seed...can I eat them?



I'm guessing that you mean Meconopsis cambrica (the Welsh Poppy) in which case the seeds do contain potentially hallucinogenic alkaloids....but that's obviously also the case for the Opium Poppy which we all eat quite merrily.....I can't find any reference to anyone eating M. cambrica seeds however, though the flowers and foliage are all non-toxic.

18 Jul, 2010


The edible poppy seeds are from the oriental poppy or papaver somniferum, I wouldn't like to try eating any other sort just in case.

18 Jul, 2010


If they are the California poppy or the Mexican Tulip poppy (Hunnemannia), both of which are yellow, I wouldn't eat those, either.

18 Jul, 2010


Thanks...guess I won't be baking lemon and poppy seed muffins then!

18 Jul, 2010


You could bake the muffins and try them out at the next 'Rural' coffee morning, Gaia, Please let me know the results as we have a lot od Welsh Poppies in the garden :-).

18 Jul, 2010

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