Poppy Seeds (Papaver Somniferum) are native to the Middle East. It is an annual that produces not only Poppy Seeds but also opium, morphine and codeine. These latter three products are derived from the sap of unripe pods. ; Poppy Seeds are tiny, nutty flavored, blue-gray seeds. The Greeks used the seeds as flavoring for breads in the second century, and medieval Europeans used them as condiment with breads.
Use poppy seeds as called for in your recipes. The flavor of poppy seeds can be intensified by dry roasting them before adding to recipes.