Τριγωνέλλα Σπόροι (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum)
Fenugreek is a small white flowering annual plant with light green leaves. It's a part of the pea family (Fabaceae), also known as Greek hay (Trigonella foenum-graecum), utilized as a herb, culinary spice, and medicinal agent in many regions of the world.
Fenugreek seeds have long been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial, antifungal, and hepatoprotective drugs have all been utilized with them. Fenugreek can be consumed orally or applied to the skin as a paste to help cure inflammation.
In addition, they help ease digestive issues like constipation, upset stomach, and loss of appetite, reduce high cholesterol levels and fight metabolic syndrome, and increase breast milk production, especially in the days immediately following childbirth.
Finally, fenugreek seeds may help improve exercise performance and decrease body fat, while also providing an excellent herbal remedy for your hair, by combining fenugreek seed powder with coconut oil or aloe vera and massaging the mixture into your scalp. Let it sit for five minutes and then rinse for even better results!!!
Commonly used in Indian sauces and pickles, they may be soaked or cooked like any other legume, can be crushed or used whole in spice mixes such as curries, chutneys, berbere, garam masala, Indian five-spice, or dry meat rubs.
BONUS TIP: To minimize the bitterness of fenugreek seeds, pan roasts them over medium heat and combine them with other strong spices like coriander, cumin, and paprika. A squeeze of lemon juice towards the finish of the cooking process can also assist to reduce bitterness.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Fenugreek seeds can also be softly crushed and used to produce a health-promoting herbal tea to maximize their health benefits.