Where to buy poppy seeds in bulk

Whole poppy seed (left) and ground poppy seed (right).
Whole poppy seed (left) and ground poppy seed (right). (Deb Lindsey/for The Washington Post)
By Vered Guttman
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, March 8, 2011; 2:01 PM

Although you can find poppy seeds in almost any supermarket, they are usually packaged in 1- or 2.5-ounce jars costing $5 and up - too small and expensive for the accompanying recipes.

I used to make my mother smuggle bags of poppy seeds when she came to visit from Israel. Poppy seeds are now available in bulk (12 to 16 ounces, $6 to $8) in European, Indian and some Mediterranean markets, spice stores and online. If you have an "in" at a restaurant supply store, such as Restaurant Depot in Alexandria, a 16-ounce container of poppy seeds there costs less than $4.

Remember to store poppy seeds in the freezer; because of their oils they can go rancid.

Around the Washington area, find poppy seeds in bulk at:

The German Deli, 1331 H St. NW, 202-347-5732.

European Bazaar, 1488-I Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-230-9371.

Kosher Mart, 4860 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, 301-468-0400.

Dana Bazaar, 12215 Nebel St., Rockville, 301-231-7546.

The Spice and Tea Exchange, Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria locations (202-333-4540, 571-312-8505).

Penzys, Falls Church and Rockville locations (703-534-7770, 301-738-8707).

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