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Fenugreek - The Maple Syrup Spice
Came across this as something to check out. Smells and tastes like maple syrup/caramel. Used in curry's and North African and Indian cuisine primarily. Comes in a leaf but mostly as a seed. I’ll omit the leaf. The seed needs to be ground, as prepared (ground) fenugreek powder has a short-shelf life. The bad news is that the seeds are very hard. The good news is one only needs a little to have an impact. The other bad news is that fenugreek is very bitter in larger quantity. The good news is that one only needs a little.
I have a small grinder I dedicate for fenugreek. I put a few turns on my M-F (days of week) breakfast (nuked dry cereal – Cheerios and rice crispy-like – with fruit and cinnamon and ginger). I imagine it would go with any sweet or semi-sweet dish, such as cooked carrots or stewed tomatoes. It would likely be safe in any other dish that had an acid component like any tomato dish, citrus, lemon/lime or vinegar – to counteract the bitterness. Would add a depth of flavor (“what is that/can't place it”) without being intrusive. I’ve added it to my lunch salad and glad I did.
Oh, it also boosts testosterone.
Fenugreek – now you know.