I’ve mentioned before that I’m from California. Napa, CA to be exact. In Texas we get four to six weeks of beautiful bluebonnet season. In California we would have months of poppies, and I loved it.
This year I am growing poppies in my flower garden. I chose three kinds, Mother-of-Pearl, Shirley, and Ballerina. The Mother-of-Pearl are gorgeous, delicate, and antique looking. The Shirley are bold and cheerful and the Ballerina are graceful and majestic.
As I was researching this article, I learned that the poppy is a flower used to show remembrance for soldier’s that have died in battle. I think they make a fitting tribute.
Poppies have been used for centuries as a medicinal plant. Of course, we now know that they contain
morphine and codeine, both of which are used to relieve pain. Mythbusters did a story about whether or not your drug test would be positive if you ate a bagel with poppy seeds on it. It turns out that you can, in fact, get a positive for opiates if you eat poppy seeds prior to your drug test. Something to consider next time you apply for a job.
My favorite way to enjoy poppies, aside from my yard, is poppy seed cake and poppy seed chicken. I’m sharing these recipes with you.
Have a paisley poppy day!~KeriAnne Read the rest of this entry