This annual herb is also know as Bird's Foot, Foenugreek and Goat's Horn.
It has a bitter flavor and can grow up to 24 inches high. The leaves are cloverlike.
Fenugreek is a member of the Leguminosae family and grows wild in the Mediterranean area.
The seeds should be harvested in the fall.
The name is taken from Latin Trigonella which corresponds to the Greek trigonon meaning “triangle”, probably refering to the triangular shape of the flowers. The Latin species name foenum graecum means “Greek hay”, referring to both the intensive hay fragrance of dried fenugreek herb and its Eastern Mediterranean origin.
There are many ways you can enjoy fenugreek. Add some seeds as a flavor to pea soups, meat stew and curries.
Fenugreek contains a good amount of vitamin B.
To make fenugreek tea: use a teaspoon of whole fenugreek seeds. Steep in boiling water for 15 minutes.
Part used: Seeds.
If you have diabetes be aware that fenugreek may interfere with other therapies. Don't use if you are pregnant since it may stimulate the uterus.