If your tried and trusted recipes are getting long in the tooth, it's
time to experiment and pep up your menu with poppy seeds. Pouyoukas
Foods' Poppy Seeds add delicious flavour, healthful fibre and a host of
nutritional benefits to a wide range of dishes.
“As a spice, thickener, main ingredient or simply a decoration and whether ground into a paste or used whole, poppy seeds have been adding their distinctive flavour to everything from pastries and breads to main courses and desserts for thousands of years,” says Justine Pearl, brand manager of Pouyoukas Foods.
These tiny oil seeds, which are smaller than a millimetre in length and native to Asia and the Middle East, have been prized and employed for both culinary and medicinal purposes by civilisations that included the ancient Sumerians.
In experimenting with poppy seeds, there are any number of international cuisines from whose recipes you might draw inspiration. In Indian cuisine, they are typically used in the preparation of korma. Jewish cuisine uses poppy seed paste as a pastry filler, while in Central and Eastern Europe, the seeds are sugared and eaten with pasta or boiled with milk and used as a filling or topping on sweet pastries. In India, Iran and Turkey, they are frequently added to bread dough.
Pearl concludes, “Poppy seeds are unusual in that they complement both sweet and savoury dishes, which opens up a world of opportunity for cooks who love to experiment. For example, you could grind them using a mortar and pestle and add them to your own masala, or curry sauce, or use them whole in a batch of lemon and poppy seed muffins, add them to pasta dishes, include them in vinaigrette salad dressings, or sprinkle them on baked goods. Whether your culinary creations using poppy seeds are variations on traditional themes or entirely new, one thing is certain, they will be nutritious."
With their distinctive slate blue colour, crunchy texture, slightly nutty flavour and exceptional nutritional value, Pouyoukas Foods Poppy Seeds add not one but four new dimensions to your cooking.
For more information on Pouyoukas Foods Poppy seeds, their nutritional value and recipe ideas, visit www.pouyoukas.co.za and look for them on supermarket shelves, countrywide.