Trigonella foenum-graecumFenugreek, commonly referred to as Methi in certain parts of the world, is a native culinary herb found throughout India and the Middle East. It has a long history as a staple in products such as pickles, chutneys as is a main ingredient in curry powder.The seeds can be used both dried or fresh, and have a rich and nutty flavor. Add to salads, pickles and chutneys. Fresh leaves are used extensively in Indian cuisine, and are a more interesting fresh leafy green than spinach - packs a bit more punch, but not as peppery as Arugula.Medicinally, this herb is a great source of iron, calcium and Vitamin C. Fenugreek is used to treat diabetes as it can reduce the amount of sugar that the body absorbs from food. It helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and increases circulation. Effective as a cough suppressant and helps with sore throats. Please note: Pregnant women should avoid this herb as it has been used to induce labor. This annual herb is easy to grow, and requires well draining soil and full sun. It thrives on neglect and will do just fine as long as it has rich, fertile soil. It makes a great year round ground cover in Zones 9 - 11. Bees love the flowers!