Trigonella foenum-graecum (30 days leaf, 120 days seed) Annual. This native to the Mediterranean and western Asia has a name meaning ‘Greek hay’ and a long overlapping history with humans. In Iraq, archaeological remains of charred seeds have been carbon- dated back 6,000 years. Known as Methi in Indian cuisine when grown for the leaf; the seeds have been a culinary staple for more than 3,000 years, imparting a sweet nutty flavor reminiscent of maple syrup. On a warm day you might detect the scent of maple wafting in your garden. In the North it needs full sun. Not at all frost tolerant. As a legume, it brings the benefits of nitrogen fixation to the garden. If not pinched back, the plant will grow to 2'. This seed was requested by our customers: you asked for it, we got it. 75 seeds/g. NEW!②
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About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neanderthals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.
Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.
Using herbs: Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year. To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.
Culture: Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.