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Italian Rural Charm: Wild Poppy

Depending on who you ask, you could hear that wild poppies are persistent weeds dotting spurs and creeks, or you could even be told that in some regions of Italy tradition boils the seeds as an infusion for newborns or the elderly struggling to sleep, or how her scarlet petals and elongated neck has in recent times become one symbol of pesticide free fields.

Wild poppy (scientific name: Papaver rhoeas L.) flourishes in and around our garden, showing up wherever it deems fit.

Liz Jamaicana, Wild poppy, corn poppy, Flanders poppy, redWild poppy (Papaver rhoeas l.) in bloom.

Many understandably consider it a perennial weed, dispersing hundreds of tiny seeds to return with defiance each spring along walkways, in the vegetable patch, between the roses(…) with each spec of soil an unsuspecting host.

Depending on who you ask, you could hear that wild poppies are persistent weeds dotting spurs and creeks, or you could even be told that in some regions of Italy tradition boils the seeds as an infusion for newborns or the elderly struggling to sleep, or how her scarlet petals and elongated neck has in recent times become one symbol of pesticide free fields.

As of today, Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 I eagerly await the heads to dry. To then store the seeds for baking bread, biscuits, to sprinkle over porridge, together with everything else. Until then, young plants  brought to a quick boil then sauteed, later baked with potatoes and olives still reigns supreme.

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