Fenugreek Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae. While it was once only grown in Asia, today fenugreek is easily cultivated in many parts of the world and its seed is used in many types of cuisines. Many other Asian countries now grow their own variety of fenugreek, but the largest producer in India. The use of fenugreek is most common with Indian and Pakistani dishes. Fenugreek is available fresh, as dried leaves or seeds. The chemical responsible for the sweet smell of fenugreek is sotolon. Fenugreek as a musky aromatic smell but the smell can be overpowering if large quantities are used in food. Many dishes in India utilize fenugreek seeds. Besides chutneys, pickles, daals, vegetable dishes, fenugreek is used in many Indian meat dishes and appetizers. In some cases, the fenugreek seeds are roasted to decrease the bitterness and boost the flavor. Almost every type of Indian curry has fenugreek. Fenugreek is best added in the middle of cooking. If it is added too soon, the flavor can be intense and it is added too late, there may be no smell. It is best to buy fenugreek fresh as the aroma is sweet and sustained. The powder or dried leaves often lose their aroma if stored for a long time. Fenugreek is readily available in most food stores in North America. Both the fresh fenugreek and powder are relatively cheap. Fenugreek is rarely used alone to enhance the flavor of food; it is often combined with other spices, like pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and thyme. Only a small amount of fenugreek is used in cooking –too much and the taste becomes bitter and acrid. Outside of India and the Asian subcontinent, fenugreek is heavily used in middle eastern recipes to make both vegetable and meat dishes. In Asia and especially India, fenugreek is also said to have medicinal properties. It is often mixed with milk and other beverages for the treatment of colds, cough, constipation, headache, and anorexia. Unfortunately, there is no clinical evidence that fenugreek has these benefits.

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    Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae. While it was once only grown in Asia, today fenugreek is

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