Annual nitrogen fixing herb native to the Mediterranean but most well known for its use in Indian cuisine, with the leaves being used as a green vegetable and the dried seeds as a spice. The whole plants have a distinctive warm, earthy fragrance.
Fenugreek is easy to grow in full sun in average soils, although it dislikes very heavy clay and will tolerate a light frost. Some moisture is required throughout the season. The plants will reach a height of around 60 cm and will set seed within 3-5 months. If growing for the leaves, one cut can be taken earlier in the season and the plants left to regrow. Being in the Fabaceae (pea & bean) family, fenugreek makes a great companion plant, fixing nitrogen and attracting bees.
Dried seeds can be used ground for making curries, pickles, spices, chutneys and breads, or can be sprouted and added to salads. A tea can also be made from the leaves and seeds.
Fenugreek leaves and seeds are an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, and calcium. The plant also contains fibre, iron, folate, and lower amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, and antioxidants. Fenugreek is used as a herbal medicine in North Africa, the Middle East, India and beyond for an extremely wide range of uses, from providing nourishment to treating stomach inflammation and ulcers. Some research shows effectiveness as an anti-cancer and anti-diabetic, and other properties include anticholesterolemic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, demulcent, deobstruent, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, galactogogue, hypoglycaemic, laxative, parasiticide and restorative.
9cm pot. Certified organic plant.
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