Health Benefits of Blue Fungreek
Blue fenugreek is an herb widely used in Georgian dishes. It is known as Utksho Suneli in Georgia; forms a part of the mix of Khmeli Suneli. This herbaceous plant is also known as ‘Sweet Trefoil’. The family this herb belongs to ‘Fabacaea’, the bean family. Its botanical name is Trigonella caerulea. It is an annually growing herb and can grow up to 30-60cm tall. The pods of this herb contain seeds and the plant blossoms in April-May. The seeds in the pod ripen in the months of May-June. It is a self-pollinated plant. It grows well in all kinds of soils although moist soil is most preferable. Its growth is inhibited in shade. It almost tastes and smells like normal fenugreek. Blue fenugreek tastes and smells milder comparatively.
Primary Use of this herb
This herb is primarily used as a spice. Its seeds have a very pleasant aroma and a spicy flavour. The dried roasted seeds are less bitter than the usual dried fenugreek seeds.
Chemical And Nutrient Content in Blue fenugreek
The herb contains
- Pyruvic acid
- Alpha-keto glutaric acid
- Alpha-keto isovalerianic
- Alpha-keto isocapronic acid
- Diosgenin glycosides
Health Benefits of Blue fenugreek
Adding flavour to cheese
Schabziger cheese is mainly made in Switzerland. Blue fenugreek is used to add flavour to this cheese.
Adding flavour to tea
The crushed dried seeds and leaves of fenugreek are used to add flavour to tea like aromatic tea and China tea.
Uses of Blue fenugreek’s oil
The oil obtained from blue fenugreek is used to remove freckles. It is also used to treat arthritis.
Blue fenugreek is used in treating colds.
It is also used in alleviating gaseous stomach pain.
It is a diuretic.
It is also used to stimulate menstrual flow.
How to Use
- Blue fenugreek can be used in both, fresh and dried form.
- The leaves and seeds are used in dried form that can be crushed and powdered.
- The leaves of the young plant are consumed after boiling and cooking.
No adverse effects of Blue fenugreek have been found till date.