Elka is a white-seeded variety from central Slovakia. Seed heads are up to 1½ inches wide and 2 inches high and produce white poppy seeds. About 75% of the heads do not have vents which reduces seed loss.
Elka seed is sweeter than black-seeded varieties, with a more nutlike taste, none of the bitterness, and over 50% more oil content, making perhaps the best-quality edible oil in central Europe.
Hardy annual that may overwinter in milder climates. Gray-green plants send up nodding stems of large papery-textured blossoms in purple, red and pale lilac-pink with dark center blotches. After the petals drop, seed heads develop white nutty tasting seeds. Harvest when seedpods are dry by shaking seeds out of seed heads