Fenugreek seeds, available at Mall Agro’s online agricultural and supplies store, come from the annual herbaceous plant Trigonella foenum-graecum. Fenugreek is a legume primarily used as a spice in various cuisines, particularly in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. It is also used in traditional medicine and has several health benefits. The stem of the Fenugreek plant grows up to 50 cm tall and forms long pods containing 10-20 brownish grains. The plant is warm-loving, and it requires direct sunlight and regular watering to have a satisfactory yield.
The seeds are planted by direct sowing in a 20/15 cm scheme, in a row, in March when the danger of frost has passed. Fenugreek seeds are planted at a depth of about 1 cm and require fertile soil to grow well. Additional fertilization during the plant’s processing can enhance soil quality. The seeds are placed in well-drained and slightly moist soil, and they germinate in two to four weeks, depending on development conditions.
Fenugreek can be grown in both garden beds and pots on the balcony if they are large enough to allow the rhizome of the plants to develop. Fenugreek has several benefits, including regulating blood sugar levels, increasing milk production in lactating women, reducing inflammation, and improving digestive health. Additionally, fenugreek is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc.