In folk medicine, Fenugreek was most commonly used as an expectorant and found to be soothing for the lungs. The seeds are rich in fixed oils which are often compared to cod liver oil preparations as it contains choline and vitamin A. Fenugreek is an excellent herbal source of iron and selenium.
Tid Bits You'll Want to Know:
Caution: Avoid using Fenugreek internally during pregnancy
Uses: It's mostly used for internal applications: teas, tinctures, food recipes, etc. Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber without affecting the flavor. It can be used as often as you would like.
Voice of Experience: Fenugreek is indispensable in chicken soup. Try it and let us know what you think.
Storage: The nutrients in Fenugreek are not very sensitive to air and light exposure. However, it should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
Note: For Culinary purposes, Fenugreek is considered safe but there are cautions when used in larger amounts and some practitioners avoid use of fenugreek even as a spice during pregnancy. As a supplement, Fenugreek should be avoided if you are pregnant or on medications.
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Review by Website customer /
(Posted on 1/14/2014)
Fenugreek Seed is a must have spice for my chicken soup and, in my opinion, is possibly the reason chicken soup has long been lauded as a remedy for the common cold.
The seeds do swell after soaking and, if pinched between the fingers, the outer skin will slip off revealing the inner seed. The seed has 3 "flavors" to it: At first, it's nutty like a sunflower seed; then it does have a slight bitter taste before finishing off with a taste like, well... Like chicken soup! My daughter doesn't like the texture of the seeds in her soup, so I make a "tea" from them and put it all through the blender before adding it to our soup. Try some sprinkled in your soup next time!