Fenugreek is cultivated worldwide as a semiarid crop, and its seeds are a common ingredient in dishes from the Indian subcontinent. Fenugreek is used as an herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens). Cuboid-shaped, yellow- to amber-colored fenugreek seeds are frequently encountered in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent, used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes, daals, and spice mixes such as panch phoron and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce bitterness and enhance flavor.
⦁ Good for Breast-Feeding Mothers
⦁ Minimizes Symptoms of Menopause
⦁ Reduces Menstrual Discomfort
⦁ Reduces Cholesterol
⦁ Reduces Cardiovascular Risk
⦁ Controls Diabetes
⦁ Relief for Sore Throats
⦁ Relieves constipation
⦁ Good for Kidney Trouble
⦁ Appetite Suppressant
⦁ Fenugreek is also used to treat wounds, inflammation and gastrointestinal ailments.
The only side effect seen in people taking high doses of fenugreek is mild gastrointestinal distress. It is not recommended during pregnancy because it may lead to miscarriage due to its strong effect on the female reproductive system.
The largest production center of fenugreek in India is Rajasthan with more than 80% area under fenugreek cultivation. Other major production centers of fenugreek in India are Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab.
Sesame seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops known, domesticated well over 3000 years ago. Sesamum has many other species, most being wild and native to sub-Saharan Africa. S. indicum, the cultivated type, originated in India.