The Q&A Archives: Fenugreek Plant

Question: What type of plant is the fenugreek? Can it be grown inside the house? Could you send a picture of it?

Answer: Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an aromatic herb known for its pleasantly bitter, slightly sweet seeds. Its leaves (not generally available in the United States) can be used in salads. Fenugreek seeds, which come whole and ground, are used to flavor many foods including curry powders, spice blends and teas. Fenugreek is also used as a medicinal herbal tea for a variety of purposes. According to The Wampole Family Guide to Nutritional Supplements: "A prized healing herb in ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome fenugreek has at times been prescribed for tuberculosis, bronchitis, sore throats, diabetes, anemia, rickets, and waning sexual desire. It has also been used as an expectorant, a laxative, and a fever fighter While it is no longer considered a cure-all, fenugreek is known today for having some effective medicinal properties. The secret lies in the seeds which contain mucilage, a slimy substance that soothes and protects sore or inflamed tissues. Poultices, ointments, and lotions containing fenugreek are recommended for treating skin irritations and wounds, while a tonic brewed from the seeds is said to ease stomach ailments. However, fenugreek has a pungent odour that lasts for days." Before using any herbal remedy, you should consult your physician. You could try to grow fenugreek indoors on a sunny windowsill, but it really would fare better outdoors in a sunny locale with moist, well drained soil. The source I quote above has a website, there is a picture (sort of) there, it is the best I could find. Hope this helps.


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