Trigonella foenum-graecum is a herb similar to clover that is native to the Mediterranean region. The seeds are used in cooking, to make medicine, or to hide the taste of other medicine. Fenugreek seeds smell and taste somewhat like maple syrup. The seeds are used as a spice to flavour curries and the leaves can be eaten fresh or dried. Also known as Greek-Clover, it is a member of the legume family and as such helps to capture and release nitrogen into the soil. It can be grown as green manure, working best when dug back into the top 15cm (6") before it begins to flower.