"I am as fresh on the tongue as the river breeze and I sow desire in the sterile fields" with these words Tilo, the protagonist of "The spell-mage" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni describes Trigonella, or Fenugreek. And this brief consideration brings to light one of the characteristic traits of the spice according to folk medicine: its aphrodisiac property. This has never been confirmed by scientific studies, although in general the fenugreek is still used today because it is tonic, stimulating and restorative. Known in ancient times as fodder for animals, fenugreek is an ingredient that has the power to rebalance the level of sugar in the blood, lowering triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while increasing the HDL.
I love the bitter taste of Trigonella, the second name that we use in Italy to call this spice, that remind to its seeds shape. In my opinion the Fenugreek powder could change a lot a legume cream or soup, making a more complex and fresh taste.