Real World Gardener Spice it Up with Fenugreek

November 24th, 2014

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SPICE IT UP

with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au

FENUGREEK Trigonella foenum-graecum)

An annual plant in the pea or Fabaceae family .

Did you know that there are five main flavour attributes that you get in food?

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.comCan you guess what they are other that sweet sour and bitter?

Well I’m not giving it away that quickly other than to say that this next spice is used to trick unsuspecting lovers of Maple syrup with a fake version, but the spice isn’t at all sweet.

But that’s not all about this quirky little seed that actually comes from the bean family.

 

If you want to grow your own fenugreek, the better bet is to get seed from a seed company rather than from the spice shop.

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.comCulinary spices aren’t meant to germinate into the plant so they’re not test for germination, plus some of them are heat treated to remove surface bacteria.

Fenugreek is a very useful herb and spice. The leaves can be used used dried or fresh, the seeds of the spice can be used not only in cooking but as sprouts and microgreens.

Fenugreek as a plant is an annual bush about 60cm tall.

It's quick to germinate only taking 2-7 days.

You can plant in spring/ summer, to early autumn, in full sun, in well limed soil.

The soft leaves are three-lobed, and triangular in appearance, which is probably why you might come across it being called ‘trigonella’, which in Greek means three-angled

.If you have any questions about fenugreek, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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