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. Hardy annual that may overwinter in milder climates. Gray-green plants send up nodding stems of large papery-textured blossoms in pale lilac-pink with dark center blotches. Dried Pods make for beautiful florals. After the petals drop, seed heads develop white nutty tasting seeds. Harvest when seedpods are dry by shaking seeds out of seed heads.