Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a herb in the pea family that was originally cultivated in northern Africa and the countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean. Fenugreek is grown for its young leaves, which are cooked with potatoes or into breads, and for its seeds, which are toasted and ground into a spice. Commercially, fenugreek is used to make yellow dye and to make artificial maple syrup flavoring.
Modern medical studies have shown that, when taken regularly, fenugreek can decrease blood sugar and lower "bad" cholesterol levels. Fenugreek is also used as an anti-inflammatory, a fever reducer, an expectorant, a breath freshener, and a digestive aid. It is said the side effect is smelling like a fresh-baked maple cookie.
Other Names: Alholva, Bird's Foot, Bockshornklee, Bockshornsame, Chandrika, Fenogreco, Fenugrec, Foenugraeci Semen, Foenugreek, Greek Clover, Greek Hay, Greek Hay Seed, Hu Lu Ba, Medhika, Methika, Sénégrain, Sénégré, Trigonella, Trigonella Foenum, Trigonella foenugraecum, Trigonelle, Woo Lu Bar.