Fenugreek, commonly known as methi in Hindi, is a plant in the family Fabaceae. Its is one of the plants used both as an herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed). A native to India and southern Europe, this plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop. The dried leaves (called kasuri methi) have a bitter taste and a strong characteristic smell and are used as a flavoring agent in preparing many dishes, especially in curry. For centuries it has grown wild in India, the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Since innumerable, Fenugreek has been widely used as a food and food additive as well as for its medicinal properties. Fresh tender pods, leaves and shoots are eaten as curried vegetable, while seeds are used for garnishing and flavoring variety of food.
Ancient Egyptians used Fenugreek to combat fever. In the classical period, it was grown as a cattle fodder and as a soil renovator. The name derives from the Latin 'Greek hay' illustrating its classical use as fodder. India continues to be the major source and main consumer for its culinary and medicinal uses.
|Nutritional Value Of 100 G.|
|Protein||23 g||Carbohydrate||58 g|
|Zinc||2.5 mg||Fibre||25 g|
|Fat||6 g||Iron||34 mg
|Calcium||176 mg||Phosphorus||296 mg|
|Magnesium||191 mg||Iron||34 mg|