Poppy seed is essentially the oilseed derived from the poppy plant (scientific name: Papaver somniferum). These seeds do not contain narcotic properties. They are small and deformed in shape, slate-blue in colour, having a crisp texture and nut-like flavour. They are customary in flavored bread, cakes, rolls and cookies. Poppy seeds are often sprinkled on top of dishes, used as garnish or as a spice with farm cheese, cheese, eggs, pie crust, salad, cookies, cakes, bread, pastries, salads, sauce, curries, sauces for meat and fish, vegetables and noodles.