Grown both for the leaves and the seeds Fenugreek is used both in cooking and for medicinal purposes.
Mainly grown as an annual, it is used in Stir Fries and Curries and most widely in Indian and African cuisines. It can also be used as a green manure crop, or grown for sprouts.
How to grow Fenugreek
You will need fresh seeds, and these are best soaked for 12 hours before planting.
The best time to plant is spring, although you can plant right through until autumn.
- Sow seeds in containers.
- Use a humus rich good quality potting mix.
- Rake over the surface to form a fine top layer.
- Sow the seeds on the surface
- Sift over enough potting soil to cover the seeds.
- Keep the seeds moist.
- Germination should take plane within 4 – 8 days.
The fresh young leaves are the best as they are not as bitter.
You can let plants go to seed and collect seeds for next seasons crop if required.
- Botanical Name – Trigonella foenum-graecum
- Common Name – Fenugreek
- Position – Full sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Humus rich and moist.
- Height – to around 60cm.
- Foliage – Mid green.
- Flowers – White
- Flowering Time – Summer.
- Drought tolerant – No
- Frost tolerant – No
You can commence harvesting once plants reach 14 cm.