The Waldviertel (Forest District) of Austria houses delicious specialty- the grey poppy seed! This is raw material adds a highlight to many dishes.
The Waldviertel is famous for it's large, forest area. Geographically it is a plateau, and it's located in the north-west of Lower Austria.
The forest area borders the Czech Republic in the north,and Upper Austria in the west. To the south, the Danube forms the border and in the east, the Manhartsberg mountain marks the edge of the forest. It covers an area of approximately 4,600 square kilometers and is influenced by a continental, dry plateau climate.
The poppy has long been considered a tasty plant. There is evidence that it was eaten in the Stone Age and has had a presence in Europe for many years. In the 13th century, the poppy was grown as a medicinal and oil producing plant. It was such a high-quality product that in 1933 it was even traded on the London Stock Exchange. Today it can grown in areas up to 700 hectares. If you visit Austria in late June or early July, the fields bloom beautifully in white, purple and red.
The Grey Poppy is a special plant. Its appearance sets it apart from its white and blue relatives, who are also grown in the forest district. It is rich in protein, minerals, organic acids, vitamin E and unsaturated fat. Of all the edible oils, it has the highest content of linoleic acid.
Here's a delicious recipe!
White Poppy Casserole
Ingredients for 8 servings:
140 g poppy
140 g sugar
40 g milk
40 g breadcrumbs
some lemon peel (untreated)
600 g stoned cherries
2 tablespoons honey
sugar (to taste)
2 cl Cognac
a shot orange and lemon juice
a teaspoon cornstarch
Soak the rolls in hot milk.
Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
Take the butter, 1/3 of the sugar and the 6 egg yolks and stir them together until foamy. Pour them over the torn rolls.
Beat the remaining sugar with the egg whites until stiff and then fold the meringue the together with the poppy, the breadcrumbs and the vanilla sugar together with the rolls dough.
Grease a baking dish and sprinkle it with granulated sugar. Fill with the dough and let it cook for about 45 minutes it in the oven at 200 degrees.
Mix together all the ingredients for the cherry sauce (except the cornstarch). Once your sauce has come to a boil, add the cornstarch to thicken it.
Take the casserole out of the oven, and serve it with warm cherry sauce and a little whipped cream.