A staple of Indian food (the herb's Indian name is methi), fenugreek has a very distinctive, curry-powder aroma and a three-leafed, clover-like shape. The dried seed (see fenugreek seed) is also available.
All year round.
Choose the best
Fresh, perky leaves. The best place to buy them is Indian speciality stores.
Just wash and chop.
Fresh cut fenugreek should be wrapped in damp kitchen paper, placed in a perforated bag and stored in the fridge. It will last for up to three days.
Use in curries, dahl or an Indian salad, or add to an omelette.
Can't find it
Try curry leaves.