|TRIGONELLA foenum-graecum - Fenugreek|
Fabaceae; native to southern Europe and Asia.
Germination: Best sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past and in a warm soil. Seeds can also be sown indoors at a temperature of 68-70°. Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 10-15 days. Seeds for sprouting are found in health food stores. They should germinate in 2 days.
Growth: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Site in full sun in a rich, moist, well-drained soil. Grow in cool-sum mered climates as it needs 70-75° to grow its best. Avoid cold, wet soils as this will cause root rot. Keep well weeded and protect them from rabbits and deer.
Appearance and Use: Grown as an herbal flavoring and a medicinal plant in folk cures, it reaches 2 feet tall. The small leaves almost hide the pale pink flowers that are followed by long, narrow, pods. The pods contain kidney-shaped seeds that are the source of flavoring. Grind them to add to curry powders or as a substitute for maple flavoring. This maple-like flavoring is used to bake cookies and in Idaho it is made into thick syrup to dress pancakes. The pseudo-maple taste is hard to tell from that of the original Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum. The crushed leaves have some of the
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