Heirloom Fenugreek- Annual
(Tip: Use a paper or plastic bag and rubber band over drying blooms to catch seeds)
Fenugreek is also sometimes called “fenigreek” – is a highly versatile herb variety that is prized for its culinary and medicinal attributes. Use fenugreek to spice up just about any meal – particularly Mediterranean dishes. Among Fenugreek’s many ascribed medicinal attributes are helping to lower blood sugar and cholesterol and helping to raise libido. It reduces pain and cramps associated with difficult digestion, reduces intestinal gas, helps aid diarrhea and restores digestive system to a state of normality after a bout with diarrhea. It also aids in relief of discomfort and pain associated with a persistent cough, sore throat, ulcers and open sores in and around the mouth, and external treatment of skin irritations. It acts systemically and, when used in the treatment of diabetes, has been shown to lower blood sugars and decrease the severity of symptoms. It contains significant amounts of carbohydrates and proteins and is rich in lysine. Fenugreek can be taken in a variety of internal forms including as crushed seeds, as capsules created using from seed powder and as a brewed tea. Recommendations suggest using the herb up to three times daily, in doses of one to five grams.
Harvesting Fenugreek Seeds
Wait for the first hard frost during the fall season, and then look at your seed heads. The seeds should be starting to turn a yellow color. Use your hands to harvest the fenugreek seeds and simply snap off the husks. Wash the seeds in cool running water, and then dry them on a paper towel.