Kas-kas or it’s scientific name Semen Papaveris also known as Opium Poppy in English, is an erect annual herb, growing up to a meter and a half in height with large hairless, almost grayish-green, serrated leaves. Poppy seed, tiny dried seed of the opium poppy, used as food, food flavouring, and the source of poppy-seed oil. Poppy seeds have no narcotic properties, because the fluid contained in the bud that becomes opium is present only before the seeds are fully formed. The plant, Papaver somniferum, is an herbaceous annual native to Greece and the Orient.
Poppy seed is an ancient spice; the seed capsules have been found in Switzerland in the remains of prehistoric lake dwellings. The centre of origin of Poppy is the Western Mediterranean region of Europe and is cultivated in India, Russia, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Portugal for its legal pharmaceutical use. It is also grown illegally for the narcotic trade in Burma, Thailand and Laos (Golden Triangle) and Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran (Golden Crescent).
Besides single harm to human being, Poppy seed provide a lot of benefits especially in medical and human daily life. The term “Kas Kas” or poppy seeds will be used interchangeably in the entire essay. This paper will discuss several advantages of kas kas over our daily life and how kas kas could effects living in general. There are so many benefits of Kas Kas and two of its benefits are in medical and nutritional field. Major benefit of Kas-Kas is in medical field. Kas-Kas contain linoleic acid and oleic acid.
Linoleic acid protects the heart from many heart diseases and conditions, while oleic acid is known to help in prevention of breast cancer. Calories in poppy seeds is also comparatively less than other spices and herbs. For household medicinal applications, an infusion can be made from the mature seed pods. A typical dose amounts to around five grams of seed pod per half liter of water. The infusion possesses calmative and narcotic properties. For insomnia patient, they can drink half a glass of opium poppyhead tea about a half an hour before going to sleep.
To calm stomach pains and colic a half glass can be consumed every half hour. This same infusion is excellent to alleviate and combat cough, fever, and numerous ailments associated with the chest and lungs. Kas-Kas is also considered to be an excellent source of vital minerals like magnesium, zinc, calcium and many more that are needed for the smooth functioning of all human organs. As they provide the body with a good source of carbohydrates, they add loads of energy in the body.
Their fatty acids aid in digestion as well as supplying other important acids required to break down food in the stomach. Their calorie content is lower as compared to other herbs and spices and this makes them a popular additive to foods as well. Poppy seeds are also rich in oleic acid which is believed to prevent breast cancer. Poppy seeds also contain about 45-50% of unsaturated fatty acids. In short, one tablespoon of poppy seeds which is approximately equivalent to 9g, contains 45. 9 Calories, 126 mg Calcium, 1. mg Protein, 62. 9 mg Potassium, 30. 4 mg Magnesium, 76. 1 mg Phosphorous, 2. 3 mg Sodium, 2. 5 g Carbohydrates. No doubt Kas-Kas provide major nutrional benefits to us. Moreover, Poppy seeds have a sweet, nutty flavor and are used as flavoring in breads, rolls, and cakes. They are also used to make poppy seed oil, which is used in cooking, artist’s colors and soap. Pressed seed cakes are also used for livestock feed. In Malaysia Poppy Seeds is used in local Indian cuisine such as Nasi Kandar and such. Jap