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Harvest Opium From Opium Poppies

Images from the back cover of opium poppy garden.

Picture 1: opium poppy flowering
Picture 1:
opium poppy flowering.

Picture 2: after the petals have dropped

Picture 2:
after the petals have dropped.

Picture 3: poppy ready for harvest

Picture 3:
poppy ready for harvest.

Picture 4: poppy releasing opium

Picture 4:
poppy releasing opium.

For more information about harvesting opium see this.

Harvesting opium is accomplished by making shallow horizontal or vertical cuts to release opium from the seed capsule with a sharp blade (a razor blade or x-acto knife will work).

The cuts should be less than 1/16 of an inch (1.6 mm) deep so they only slice into the first layer of the capsule. Do it all around the pod. As you do so, you will see little blobs of opium coming out.

Leave the wounds to release opium for 3-6 hours. Then collect your opium. By now, the white blobs will have turned into yellow/orange blobs that can be scraped off and collected on a blunt putty knife or something similar.

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