Fenugreek

Trigonella foenum-graecum

Classical Fenugreek, Common Fenugreek, Cultivated Trigonella, Greek Hay, Greek-Clover, Sicklefruit Fenugreek

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Fenugreek 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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Once the seeds start turning yellow, use your hands to harvest the Fenugreek and simply snap off the husks. Wash the seeds in cool running water and towel dry afterwards.

Propagation

Seed

Fenugreek is a fast-growing annual and is best started 4-6 weeks indoors prior to the last frost of the season. Seeds should be sown 35mm deep in a lightweight medium soil and keep well-moistened.

Special features

Crop rotation

Light feeder

Pot plant

You can grow fenugreek in containers with good drainage. It’s similar to cilantro or parsley.

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean region

Natural climate

Hot

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Fenugreek is used for kidney ailments, mouth ulcers, boils, bronchitis, tuberculosis, chronic coughs, chapped lips, baldness, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and exercise performance.

Edible

Leaves, flowers ,seeds

Notes

Culinary, soil conditioner

Personality

Family

Fabaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Cercospora leaf spot and Charcoal rot which are caused by a fungus. Aphids suck the sap of tender parts of plants and affects the growth, adversely.

Companion plants

Asian greens, lettuce, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash
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