Poppy is a popular ingredient in the culinary world. It is used in a wide range of dishes ranging from pastries, chicken, bars, to teas. Yes, it is that versatile! Poppy seed tea is known to alleviate pain and aid muscle and bone building. Although, its number of health benefits can go beyond the count of fingers, ensure not to have poppy seeds regularly as it may lead to addiction. If you want to start with some poppy dish, how about the quick and easy poppy seed tea?
Pour the poppy seeds into a bottle through a funnel to avoid spillage.
Add 2-3 cups of warm water (not boiling) to the bottle.
Close the bottle and shake gently for 2-3 minutes. This will “wash” off the active compounds, effectively infusing the tea. The water should range from a mild yellow to a dark brown, depending on the type of seeds.
Let the tea steep for 15 mins. You may also keep it longer depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.
Strain the tea into a pot using a strainer.
Add lemon juice to the pot and serve hot.
There is not a standard strength for poppy seeds, so some may be more powerful than others. When first preparing and drinking poppy seed tea, err strongly on the side of caution in terms of how many seeds you use. If you do not notice any effects, try using more seeds in the future. Again, you should not be using poppy seed tea on a regular basis, as it has proven addictive qualities.
Lemon juice, added to the tea, helps to increase the potency by changing the acidity of the seeds and also helps more of the active ingredients be released into the water.
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