Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
$1.00 - $5.60
Fenugreek, which is native to India and the Middle East, is most familiar in many countries as one of the main ingredients of curry powder. Dating back 4,000 years to ancient Egypt, this herb had uses as diverse as a medicine, a spice, a dye, cattle fodder, or an element in the mummification process. Fresh fenugreek leaves, known as "methi," are used extensively in Indian cuisine. Fenugreek is one of India's most important exports. As a medicine, it is a valuable herb for diabetics since it can reduce the amount of sugar that the body absorbs from food; it also helps to cleanse the system of impurities. Since fenugreek has been used to induce labor, pregnant mothers should be careful to avoid it.