The fenugreek it is a cousin of clover and alfalfa and was already cultivated by the Egyptians at the time of the pharaohs, by the Greeks and by the Romans as a natural remedy for numerous diseases.
Of fenugreek, which is also called trigonella, there are two varieties: one wild quite common in sunny Mediterranean regions and the other cultivated. Both have similar properties as a good tonic, recommended during convalescence and in states of anemia; it also helps to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
But beware of trigonellin, an active ingredient contained in fenugreek, which could be harmful in the long run. When using this plant internally, the advice of the herbalist or phytotherapist (to whom it is good to ask) is usually not to prolong the treatment for more than a week, and then resume it after eight days of interruption.
For the uses that if they can do, the fenugreek you can find the powder or liquid extract in specialized stores, but it can also be collected in the countryside, in the spots and stony ground (taking care to recognize it by the pale yellow flower) or cultivated in the vegetable garden.
Cultivation of fenugreek. As for cultivation, the fenugreek it prefers clayey and calcareous soils and does not like excess water. It can be planted in both autumn and spring and harvested when the pods are fully ripe. The pods are very similar to those of peas and beans and should be left to dry on a clean surface to then beat them and collect the seeds which are the active part of the plant.
Typical of dry fenugreek seeds is to give off a very strong smell, which some may find pleasant and others disgusting. Due to this characteristic they can also be used to remove moths, bedbugs and wheat weevils. The intense smell can be dampened by soaking the seeds for a couple of minutes in alcohol and then dried.
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