Poppy seeds come from the plant that produces opium and the Latin name, Papaver somniferum, means ’sleep bringer’.

Papaver somniferum is native to the Mediterranean regions, India, China, Turkey, and Iran. Today, Holland and Canada produce most of the world’s poppy seeds.

Poppies’ reputation for sleep-inducing qualities means that, in the Wizard of Oz, poppies were used to put Dorothy to sleep.

These biscuits will not have

this effect!