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Waldviertel poppy seeds - the "grey gold" of the Waldviertel
The history of the poppy goes back to the Stone Age. Grey poppy seeds from the Waldviertel were even dealt with on the London stock Exchange. The climate in the Waldviertel is ideal for growing poppies and between 200 and 700 hectares are used for growing poppies here each year.

The grey poppy seeds from the Waldviertel carry the EU “protected designation of origin” (PDO). “Waldland”, the well-known organic producer and retailer, has been coordinating the cultivation and marketing of grey poppy seeds grown in the Waldviertel for more than two decades.

The Waldviertel poppy seed oil produced in Ottenschlag is also well-known. The warm sunny days, cool nights and heavy dews play an important role in the high proportion of healthy unsaturated fatty acids to be found in this oil.
Poppy seed oil, a culinary delight
The difference between the grey poppy seeds of the Waldviertel and other white or blue species lies primarily in their appearance. However, the oil made from grey poppy seeds, which is rich in protein, sugar, minerals, organic acids and vitamin E, is also superior in taste to other varieties. It also has a 5 % higher proportion of unsaturated fatty acids and, of all cooking oils, has the highest proportion of linoleic acid which gives it the nickname "olive oil of the north".

A steadily increasing number of enthusiasts use it to give the finishing touch to raw vegetables, salads, sauces and noodle dishes.
Mohndorf Armschlag (the "poppy village" of Armschlag)
Everything here revolves around the poppy: the approx. 1 km poppy trail beside the “Große Krems” (river) provides a wealth of information about the history, production and culinary aspects of this plant. The "Mohnstrudel" (poppy seed strudel) trail starts at the "Mohnwirt" (poppy restaurant) and continues through the surrounding villages before returning to Armschlag. Allow 5 ½ hours for the complete trail. A large variety of poppies, including the yellow and white alpine poppy, the orange-yellow Icelandic poppy, the Oriental poppy with its dark purple and white flowers and the grey poppy of the Waldviertel, are on show in the demonstration fields and cottage gardens. The “Mohnwirt Neuwiesinger” (poppy restaurant) specialises in a wide range of dishes using poppy seeds such as “Mohnzelten” (flat pastries filled with poppy seeds), cakes and gateaux, dumplings and noodles as well as fish cooked in a poppy seed crust.

Further highlights: demonstration garden, farmers´ shop, poppy museum
Waldviertler Mohnhof
The "Waldviertel Mohnhof" in Ottenschlag is a small rural family-run business which has been specialising in cultivating poppies for decades. Visitors can explore the world of the poppy with all their senses in the poppy museum that covers an area of approximately 200 m².

Premium cooking oils made from grey, blue and white poppy seeds have been produced here for the past fifteen years. The high quality of these organic poppy seed oils comes about from the cultivation of long-standing premium varieties and from the pressing technology that has been specially developed for this purpose. Tip: if you are looking for a present for someone special, you will find a wide variety of poppy seed products in our on-line shop.

Highlights: giant walk-in poppy seed capsule, the largest and most comprehensive collection of poppy seed mills, multimedia show, poppy seed milling as in the old days (for children)
Culinary delight Waldviertel poppy seeds
Mohndorf Armschlag

3525 Armschlag
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Waldviertler Mohnhof

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3631 Ottenschlag
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