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Trigonella Foenum Graecum Fenugreek Seeds
Packet of 75+ home grown seeds!
This delicious nitrogen fixing legume is know by the common names of abesh, abish, alholva, alhova, bird’s foot, bockshornklee, fenogreco, foenugreek, Greek clover, Greek hay, Greek hayseed, halba, helba, hilba, hilbeh, hu lu ba, mayti, methi, samudra, samudra methi, shanbalile, trigonella, cemen or as most folks know it, Fenugreek or Trigonella foenum graecum.
It is both a culinary and medicinal herb and is considered to be expectorant, laxative, stomachic, demulcent, vulnerary, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, tonic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, hypotensive, as well as having carminative and general tonic effects,
It is a standard sort of pot herb in India and many parts of SE Asia, but not very often seen like that here in Australia.
We as a nation do grow heaps, acres of the stuff, but the vast majority is as a grain and as a nitrogen fixing leguminous crop.
As it grows it binds nitrogen to the root system, which means that the next crop planted in that soil gets a real heads start.
That’s how we grow it most of the time.
We plant a crop, eat it like bean shoots to start with, later as cut greens, and later still as filler in slow cooked meals like stews and curries.
We then dig in the finished plants and stems then plant something hungry like tomatoes, tomatillos or eggplant where the fenugreek was.
Improves the soil, adds humus, and provides a heap of nutrition for us at the same time.
It is said to be the cure for whatever ails you, with it being used for enlarging breasts, increasing lactation or milk production, stabilising hormone levels, increasing sexual desire, treating PMS, increasing insulin production and treating diabetes, swollen glands, skin irritations, ulcers, muscle ache, fevers, sore throats, infected wounds(makes a great poultice), lowers calcium oxalate levels in kidneys and shows promise as a kidney stone treatment.
Due to its naturally high levels of Diosgenin, a steroid sapogenin, it is the starting compound for over 60% of the total steroid production in the pharmaceutical industry, and it also contains the sapogenins yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens.
Not suitable for folks allergic to peanuts or tree nuts but for the rest of us it is a great choice, such a useful, productive and tasty plant!
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties no problems!!!