Picking poppy seed.
To: herblist <HERB.V.EGE.EDU.TR>
Subject: poppy seeds
From: Christopher Hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 1994 22:37:00 BST
If you want the poppy seeds for cooking, you do indeed need to let the heads dry on the stem.
If you want to make medicine, eg cough syrup, you need to pick them green...best before the flowers are all gone. Check your species first.