Indian Herbs and Spices
- Most common Indian Herbs
- Fenugreek (Kasoori Meethi) leaves and seeds great for diabetes
Most common Indian Herbs
Annual; grow from seed; fresh green leaves known as cilantro and Chinese parsley; also grown for seeds.
Hot Spicy Peppers
- Types of Hot Peppers: If you like peppers that bring the heat, this article is for you. http://www.sheknows.com/articles/805359/types-of-hot-peppers
Fenugreek (Kasoori Meethi) leaves and seeds great for diabetes
Fenugreek is a popular spice of Middle East, Asia and especially in India (known as Kasuri Methi).
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a half-hardy annual herb indigenous to western Asia. It has been grown for many centuries around the Mediterranean region and can be found in many commercially prepared curry powders.
Kasuri Methi leaves are generally used for flavoring. The dry Kasuri Methi leaves have very sweet and pleasant odor which makes it so popular.
Also known as Fenugreek Seed, Kasuri Methi, Kasoori Methi Dried, Menthya, Vendayam, Menthulu,uluva
Grinding Dry Leaves to Spice
- Buy one packet of the dry Fenugreek leaves and then make it powder with the help of small grinder or mixture
Meethi usually makes the short list of sexual stimulant herbs, and has been used with some success in treating male impotence. It's thought that Fenugreek's ability to help improve circulation is the reason it's effective.
In women, fenugreek may also help in treating vaginal dryness.
Benefits Nearby Plants
- As a legume, fenugreek adds nitrogen to the soil, making it useful as a cover crop restoring nitrogen to the soil.
The seeds are used for this
Seasoning on top of vegetables
In some part of India the fresh Kasuri Methi leaves are also used as vegetables like spinach.
Sweet smell of Fenugreek leave makes Chicken delicious - can use both Kasuri Methi dry leaves and Kasuri Methi spice (seed).
Growing outside : Buy Seeds and Incubate if need before planting
Simply go to nearby Indian grocery store and buy there $1 can get you enougy to plant a huge area!
The seed should not be planted outdoors until the soil temperature is around 15ºC/60ºF in springtime. Sow indoors in mid spring or sow outdoors in late spring.
The seeds should germinate within 2 days.
Full Sun Needed Choose a position in full sun and with soil that is of good to rich quality and drains well. The soil should have a pH of around 6.0-7.0 and should remain dry and warm. Avoid cold, wet soils as these will cause fenugreek seeds to rot.
Reusing Soil, and planting next crop
- Let the soil fallow - exposed to sun for 1 week .. Reuse the soil ..
Growing In Containers
Take a tray (foil,etc), put soil in it
- You can mix compost + plain soils
Spread a Layer of fenugreek seeds ..
Water every day .. esp in summer
Harvesting Fresh Green Leaves
- Just pull the methi since soil is loose .. Pluck leaves .. or use paring knive at soil
- at earlier stage it will be bitter
- But at later stage it would be sweeter
Drying Meethi Leaves
Harvest the pods when they have ripened. However, be sure to harvest them before they shatter. Seeds can be left in the sun to dry.