Imagine my delight when I went out for a walk this afternoon and found my first wild poppies in bloom! This species is papaver rheas, or corn poppy, found in fields and ploughed soil. Mixed in large quantities with animals’ grazing material, it can cause flatulence (distended stomach). The young plants, mixed with other mountain greens, are cooked like spinach. The petals were once mixed with tea as an expectorant. In Spring whole fields are bathed in the red of these poppies. According to Christian tradition, it sprang up from the blood of Christ and for that reason acquired its rich red colour. WARNING! The fruits are poisonous.
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