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FENUGREEK

INTRODUCTION

Fenugreek is one of the earliest spices known to man. Ancient Egyptians used it as a food, medicine and an embalming agent. The ripe, dried fruit of a quick - growing annual leguminous herb, fenugreek has a strong, pleasant and quite peculiar odour reminiscent of maple.

Traditionally, fenugreek grows best in well-drained loams with a low rainfall. In India, this spice is often cultivated as a cover crop in citrus-fruit groves to take advantage of their leguminous nature. The major producers of Indian fenugreek are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamilnadu.

Commercially known as 'Methi', Indian fenugreek comes in several well-known varieties such as 'Desi' and 'Champa'. The spice is exported in its whole and powdered forms as well as in the form of extracted oil which is extensively used in perfumery.

The major importers of Indian fenugreek are Saudi Arabia, Japan, Malaysia, USA, The UK, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

FENUGREEK

BOTANICAL NAME
Trigonella foenum-graecum L.

FAMILY NAME
Fabaceae

NAME IN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES

Spanish : Alholva
French : Fenugrec
German : Bockshorklee
Swedish : Bockshornklee
Arabic : Hulba
Dutch : Fenegriek
Italian : Fieno Greco
Portuguese : Alforva
Russian : Pazhitnik
Chinese : k'u - Tou
Japanese : Koroha

COMMERCIAL PART
Fruit


GRADE SPECIFICATIONS

Grade designations and definition of quality of Fenugreek Seed

Special characteristics
Grade designation Extraneous matter percentage by weight (max) Damaged Blackened and insect bored seeds percentage by weight (max.) Shrivelled and immature seeds percent by wt. (max.) Moisture percent by wt. (max.)
Special 1.00 0.50 1.5 10.0

General characteristics:

Fenugreek seeds shall:

  1. Be the dried mature seeds of the plant botanically known as (Trigonella foenum graecum L.);
  2. Be free from mould, live insects, any harmful foreign matter and musty odour;
  3. Generally conform to the characteristic size, shape, taste, colour and aroma of the variety / type.

Definitions:

  1. 'Extraneous matter' means dust, dirt, stones, earth, chaff, stalks, stems, straw or any other foreign matter.
  2. 'Damaged and blackened seeds' are those seeds which are damaged or blackened materially affecting the quality.
  3. 'Insect board seeds' are those seeds which are partially or wholly bored or eaten by weevils or other insects.
  4. 'Shrivelled and immature seeds' are those seeds which are not properly developed.

Grade designations and definition of quality of Fenugreek Ground

Special characteristics
Grade designation Moisture percentage by weight (max) Total Ash percentage by weight (max.) Acid insoluble ash, percent by wt. (max.) Total cold water soluble extract percentage by weight (max.)
Standard 10.0 7.0 2.0 30.0

General characteristics:

  1. Fenugreek powder shall be the material obtained by grinding the dried ripe, clean and sound seeds of fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum L.)
  2. It shall be free from admixture, mould, growth, insect infestation or musty odour. It shall be free from coarse particles and ground to such a fineness that the whole of it passes through a 500-micron sieve.


PRODUCTION
Highest Yearly Production : 38806 Tonnes

HARVESTING SEASON
February to May

MARKETING SEASON
April to July

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