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I was watching Gardening Australia last night and on the segment of Jane’s where she visited Ziebell Farmhouse north of Melbourne, they showed poppies growing and mentioned using the seeds for cooking. I thought growing poppies was illegal and the poppy seeds you buy for cooking were sterile so you can’t grow plants from them.
Does anyone know if this is e case? No real reason for asking, I’m just curious. Just seemed strange they’d mention it on national TV if it was. 🙂
This is from the fact sheet here: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s3770103.htm
The poppies (Bread Seed Poppy – Papaver spp) have been in this garden or growing somewhere, ever since I’ve known – because we would have our cooking and the poppy seed would be on the bun. You can buy poppy seeded things now, buns. They’re all coming back into popularity
I have grown poppies for the last couple of years in my front yard and never had any problems. You can buy the seeds online and at bunnings.
Poppies are fine. Opium poppies on the other hand you may have a problem with.
There are plenty of varieties that are fine. Its only the opium ones that you can’t grow. You are unlikely to find seeds for them anyway (unless you know completely the wrong sort of people).
Actually I just found this extract from The Complete Burkes Backyard that explains it fairly well. It was written in 2005 but I imagine it wouldn’t have changed much.
It all depends on which particular family they belong to :
Thanks for the info Steve and Andre. I went looking myself and was totally confused by the different kinds of poppy and the different laws in different states of Aus.
Different laws is ridiculous in my opinion.