Indian Herbs and Spices

By pjain      Published July 3, 2019, 6:20 a.m. in blog Gardening   

Most common Indian Herbs

Cumin

Annual; grow from seed; fresh green leaves known as cilantro and Chinese parsley; also grown for seeds.

Coriander

Cilantro

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

http://sarasproducts.exportersindia.com/kasuri-methi-fenugreek-1002167.htm

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

Medical Uses

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.

Pickling

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.

Season Meat

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!

  • Incubating

  • 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

Harvesting PODS

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.

SRC: http://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Fenugreek


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