the scent of motherhood

by theuglyearring


The name “fenugreek” or foenum-graecum is from Latin for “Greek hay”. The plant’s similarity to wild clover has likely spawned its Swedish name, “bockhornsklöver” as well as in German – “Bockshornklee” , literally meaning ‘ram’s horn clover’.

it is not yet certain which wild strain of the genus Trigonella gave rise to the domesticated fenugreek but believe it was brought into cultivation in the Near East. Charred fenugreek seeds have been recovered from Tell Halal, Iraq, as well as desiccated seeds from the tomb of Tutankhamen.

Many women who take fenugreek in the quantities required notice that their skin exudes a distinct “maple syrup” odor.