BLUE FENUGREEK (Trigonella caerulea) is a more delicate variety than the typical Mediterranean version and very popular in baking and cheesemaking and an essential flavoring in the dish Lobio. Its pretty light blue flowers bloom in April-May producing seeds May-June. It is self-pollinating. The fragrance is distinctly that of maple syrup. Annual. 100 seeds.
MEDICINAL: Full of Vitamin C and iron, so very healthy to eat. Absorbs toxins. Lowers cholesterol. Aids digestion. Important research has shown Fenugreek to have a positive impact on fasting blood glucose levels of diabetic rats.
GROWING TIPS: Very easy to grow. When weather warms, simply direct sow and cover lightly. Water daily and germination should occur in about 10 days. Keep moist at this point, but don't over-water. You can begin harvesting for culinary purposes by pulling small bunches and snipping off the roots. Compost the roots right back into the soil as they will enrich the soil tremendously. When completely harvested, "sterilize" the soil in the sun for a week and start over! If growing for seed, let some of the patch mature to produce the seedpods. In this manner, you can perpetuate your Fenugreek patch.