Poppy seeds are tiny, kidney-shaped seeds harvested from the opium poppy plant. They have a crunchy texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. Poppy seeds are commonly used as a culinary ingredient in baked goods such as bread, bagels, and cakes, as well as in savory dishes like curries and salad dressings. They are also sometimes used as a topping for pastries or added to granola or oatmeal. Poppy seeds are a good source of nutrients such as protein, fiber, and essential minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. However, consuming large amounts of poppy seeds can result in a positive drug test for opiates due to the small amounts of opium alkaloids they contain.