The seed of Fenugreek (yellow in colour) is use as spice and the leave as herb. Botanical name for Fenugreek is trigonella foenum-graecum and it is of the plant family fabaceae. Fenugreek is produce in commercial quantities in countries like Turkey, Egypt, China, Argentina, France, India, Spain and Morocco.
Fenugreek is use in the treatment of several health conditions such as high blood sugar, high cholesterol level and high triglycerides. Fenugreek has compounds that slows down digestion and stimulate the production of insulin in the body. Fenugreek is also use in Africa to treat malaria and feverish conditions. Constituents of Fenugreek are almost similar to that of Cold Liver oil. Like Cold Liver oil, it can also stimulate appetite and aid in recuperation. Fenugreek is use as herb in treating diabetic patients.

Fenugreek as a spice is an ingredient in curry powder; the leaves are edible and are very important spice in Indian cuisines. The indians add Fenugreek in yoghurts and bread. The importance of this spice is mostly appreciated in the Arab world where they are not only prepared as tea, but are also added to cuisines and for medicinal purposes. One popular use of Fenugreek in the United States is in maple syrup. Fenugreek is use to increase the production of milk in lactating mothers.

There are evident to show that Fenugreek has some side effects such as indigestion, diarrhoea and gas. As herb, it is not good for everyone: It increases asthma symptoms in women. However, these mostly occur when it is consume in large quantities.

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