Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a robust herb and has light green leaves. The plant produces slender, beaked pods, each pod contains about 10 to 12 small, hard yellowish-brown seeds. The seed is produced as a spice. Fenugreek grows best in well-drained loams in mild climates. The crop matures in about 3 – 4 months after sowing. After … Continued

Coriander

Coriander (or cilantro in US English) is an annual herb of the parsley family. Its small flowers are white or pinkish and its dried ripe fruits are the spice known as coriander seed. The crop requires three and one-half to four months to mature. Harvesting takes place when the colour of the seed has changed … Continued

Fennel

Fennel is a tall, hardy, aromatic perennial of the parsley family native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean area. It is distinguished by its finely divided, feathery green foliage and its golden-yellow flowers. The spice ‘fennel seed’ is the dried fruit of the common fennel of commerce. Fennel seeds are harvested when they develop a … Continued

Aniseed

Aniseed belongs to the parsley family. The majority of the world’s supply of anise, also known as aniseed, is cultivated in India. It is a slow growing plant requiring a frost free growing season of about 120 days. Aniseeds are available whole and ground.

Cumin

Cumin is a seed spice of an annual small herb of the parsley family. The plants require a mild, equable climate and a fairly long growing season of three or four months. The crop is ready for harvest when the plants begin to wither. Cumin seeds are available whole, cracked and ground.