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Poppy Seed Oil
Poppy Seed Oil

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Product Code: PPPS-O

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Poppy Seed Oil (Papaver somniferum), also poppyseed oil, poppy oil, and oleum papaveris seminis, is an edible oil from poppy seeds. The oil has culinary and pharmaceutical uses, as well as long established uses in the making of paints, varnishes, and soaps. Poppy seeds yield 45–50% oil. Like poppy seeds, poppyseed oil is highly palatable, high in vitamin E, and has no narcotic properties.

Poppy seeds are notable for being especially high in tocopherols other than vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol). Poppy Seed Oil from one source has been reported to contain 30.9 mg gamma-tocopherol per 100 g. It also contains alpha and gamma tocotrienols. Compared to other vegetable oils, poppy seed oil has a moderate amount of phytosterols: higher than soybean oil and peanut oil, lower than safflower oil, sesame oil, wheat germ oil, corn oil, and rice bran oil. Sterols in poppyseed oil consist almost entirely of campesterol, stigmasterol, sitosterol and delta 5-avenasterol.[4] Poppyseed oil is high in linoleic acid. Although not generally higher than safflower oil, it can be as high as 74.5%. Other triglycerides present in notable quantities are oleic acid and palmitic acid. It is less likely than some other oils to become rancid. It is more stable than safflower oil and linseed oil.

Poppy Seed Oil is a carrier oil, having little or no odor and a pleasant taste. The primary aroma compound responsible for its flavor is 2-pentylfuran; also present are the volatile compounds 1-pentanol, 1-hexanal, 1-hexanol, and caproic acid.

In the 19th century poppy seed oil was used as cooking oil, lamp oil, and varnish, and was used to make paints and soaps. Today, all of these uses continue, and poppy seed oil has additional culinary and pharmaceutical uses. Particularly notable are its uses as a carrier for oil paints and as a pharmaceutical grade carrier for medicinal iodine and drugs. Poppy Seed Oil was sometimes added to olive and almond oils (see Adulterant). In industrialized countries its most important culinary use these days is as a salad or dipping oil.

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