Health Benefits:Although very small, poppy seeds are composed of 40% to 50% oil that is rich in unsaturated fats, such as the two essential fatty acids, linoleic and linolenic. Poppy seeds also have less than 10% saturated fat. A 1/3 oz. of poppy seeds (a mere tablespoon worth) has more than 10% of the daily value for calcium.
Applications:Preparing sweet pastries with poppy seed fillings have been a very popular European tradition for centuries. There are circular tarts from Czechoslovakia named kolache as well as triangular buttery cookies called hamantaschen.