This herb has a long history of use dating to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Its name stems from the Greek Foenum-graecum, which means Greek hay. The whole seeds are used to make tinctures, while powdered Fenugreek seed is a component of curry seasoning and an alternative to real maple in the manufacturing of candy and other confections.
Fenugreek, also known as Greek hay, Greek clover, bird's foot and a variety of other names, is an herb in the pea family. The genus name for this plant refers to the tri-angled shape of its amber-colored seed.
Powdered fenugreek seed is used in Indian cuisine to enhance the flavor of curries and other foods.