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Fenugreek seed

 Fenugreek

 Is one of the worlds oldest medicinal herbs.  It has a variety of uses, including increasing breastmilk production.
Fenugreek is the small stony seeds from the pod of a bean-like plant.  The seeds are hard, yellowish brown and angular. Some are oblong, some rhombic, other virtually cubic, with a side of about 3mm (1/8").  A deep furrow all but splits them in two.  They are available whole and dried , or as a dull yellow powder, ground from the roasted seeds.
Bouquet:  Warm and penetrating, becoming more pronounced when the seeds are roasted.  Ground, they give off a spicy smell, pungent, like an inferior curry powder which would probably contain too much fenugreek.
Flavor:  Powerful, aromatic and bittersweet, like burnt sugar.  There is a bitter aftertaste, similar to celery or lovage.

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