56.  The F list : Herbs and Spice that Heal - FENUGREEK
Trigonella foenum-graecum
Ancient Egyptians knew all about Fenugreek wonders

 Fenugreek  herbs and seeds found in Egyptian tombs

Join Gulzaar Foods as we explore the indispensable ingredient in all Indian



Appearance and Description


  • Native to the Middle East and widely used in India
  • Small round leaves
  • Grown in all countries globally
  • Consumed and cultivated in India
Fenugreek is from the pea family  (Fabaceae). An annual herb that has little flowers and light green leaves. It grows about two or three feet tall. The seed pods have between 10 and 20 yellowish brown, aromatic, pungent seeds.



Bitter in taste like celery, burnt sugar or maple syrup.

It is used for medicine. When cooked it has a pleasant taste.


  • Ground or dried the leaves are used for cooking
  • Taken orally, or applied as a paste to the skin, it heals inflammation.
  • Fenugreek is found in many cosmetics and soaps as well
  • Fenugreek extract possesses antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antidiabetic properties. 
  • It is  useful as a thickening agent and stabilizer as a flavoring agent and spice in the preparation of foods

FENUGREEK Health Benefits

Fenugreek, commonly used in for cooking was historically used for various health conditions. It was used for relief from menopause, digestive problems and for inducing childbirth

It is a traditional remedy for diabetes, appetite loss and is a stimulant for the production of milk for breastfeeding women. It is also applied to the skin for inflammation and comes with a myriad of other benefits

  1. Anemia Relief
  2. Loss of taste
  3. Fever
  4. Dandruff
  5. Stomach disorders
  6. Biliousness
  7. Respiratory disorders
  8. Mouth Ulcers
  9. Diabetes
  10. Sore throat
  11. Inflammation
  12. Insomnia
  13. Wounds
  14. Reduces cholesterol
  15. Heart Health protection
  16. Boosts immune system
  17. Protects against flu


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