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Poppy Seeds Along With Sesame And Cumin

Poppy seeds, as well as Sesame and Cumin can provide you with great culinary dishes, as well as medicinal value.

The Poppy plant, or Papaver rhoeas, dates back in history to the old Egyptians in the 1500's. The Greeks and Romans used this plant for many different medicinal purposes. Now a days, it is used a lot by the Dutch, and is very popular due to its walnut flavor.

Poppy grows best in warmer climates where there isn't a lot of change in temperatures throughout the year. It doesn't do well in frost prone areas. There are different varieties of Poppy and some are perennial and some are annuals.

The Poppy plant is noted for its brilliant blue toned flower. There is also an oriental poppy which has rich yellow blossoms. This plant looks very attractive in gardens, and needs plenty of sunshine and good moisture in the soil.

Poppy Seeds

After the flowers are done blooming, the pod will turn a brown color. This is the time you take the pods off and dry them on a screen that has good air ventilation. Once completely dried, you can rub the pod between your hands and retain the poppy seeds.

Poppy is great in breads and cookies. Herbee and I will use poppy seeds also on pork roasts, as well a topper with vegetables.

Poppy Seeds

Poppy Seeds

Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds


Historians are not sure exactly where Sesame originated from. It was either in Asia or Africa. Ancient Greek, Hebrew and Egyptian tribes were known to use the seeds like grains. Today there are many countries growing and cultivating this spice.

Three countries that are known for growing Sesame are China, India and Turkey. Sesame will also do well in Mexico, Hawaii, Korea, and many other countries that have a long summer. The Sesame plant is grown for its seeds and but also has striking creamy off white flowers. Some varieties can also have flowers with a light purple tone.

Northern climates can use the Sesame plant for a great accent in a garden, but cannot harvest the pod. This is a spice that does well if germinated in a greenhouse or hotbed. Once they are established, the plants can be transplanted into the ground.

This is another spice that should be free of weeds and also have a sunny environment with rich, moist soil. Once the flowers are gone, remove the pods and dry in a cool and airy area. When the pods are dry, you can go ahead and remove the seeds.

Make sure you continue to dry them until all the seeds are completely moisture free. Store them in an air tight container. There are many chefs and cooks that use sesame in a lot of poultry, sauces, stuffing and fish.

We will make sesame chicken, as well as sprinkling sesame over different fish dishes. Steaming broccoli or asparagus and topping with roasted sesame seeds creates a flavorful culinary dish.


Cumin, or Comino, dates back far into Greek history. The Greeks and Romans would use it ground and whole. Today this practice is still used. There is a black Cumin that is cultivated in India and native to the Mediterranean area. The black Cumin is used in many oriental dishes.

Cumin is a small plant that only matures to five to seven inches tall. The stem is very popular to cook. This is a spice that requires some attention and needs good irrigated soil conditions. It doesn't tolerate weeds very well, so I recommend keeping the area clean of weeds.

Cumin can grow in colder climate gardens and can germinate after the last frost. You can also germinate Cumin indoors. This spice grows well in the Gulf Coast, Pacific coast, southwest and west regions of the United States.

In summertime white to lavender flowers will appear. Once the seeds turn from vibrant green you can cut by hand and go through the normal drying process. A dark and cool area is great. For more information on drying herbs, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

Once they have totally dried, remove any debris, clean and store in a air tight container. Cumin is great for poultry and we love sprinkling the seeds on Cornish hens or even the holiday turkey.

These three spices add so much to a garden, plus you're able to take the plant and dry the pods. All three provide you with great options for enriching the meals you cook. Poppy Seeds, Sesame, and Cumin also have some medicinal value. They're three great plants and spices.

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