Poppy Seeds are the ripe seed of the opium poppy. The plant's well known narcotic properties come from the unripe seed pods, and are not present in the ripe seeds. The poppy seeds most common in Europe and America have the distinction of being the only blue spice. Those common in India are creamy yellow, and in Turkey they are brown and often made into a paste for Turkish sweets.Poppy seeds are most often used to flavor breads and desserts, but poppy seed butter is superb over fish and noodles. It lends a nut-like flavor to green beans, potatoes, spinach, carrots, zucchini and other types of squash.