The scientific name Trigonella refers to triangularly shaped flowers. Foenum-graecum translates into 'Greek Hay'
Fenugreek is a leafy green plant that can be used in may ways. Fresh leaves are used in Iranian and Indian cooking, the sprouted seeds are used in salads and seeds are used in spice blends, baking and pickles. The seeds can even be ground to make flour for breads.
Spice specialty stores carry Fenugreek seeds. Leaves can be purchased at Indian grocery stores and some natural food markets carry sprouted seeds.
If you’re unable to get Fenugreek, you can try a substitute for fenugreek that will provide a similar flavor and texture:
Fenugreek was used as animal feed in classical times and is still used in that way in Europe. Native to Asia and southeastern Europe, it has been used as a flavoring and medicine since ancient times.
Fenugreek is an annual plant that is self seeding. It requires full sun and rich soil. Leaves can be harvested during the growing season, then seeds can be harvested when ripe and dried.