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Dana Methi

Dana Methi (Fenugreek)

Fenugreek seeds which are yellow amber colored well known as Dana Methi. Fenugreek seeds are blended with yogurt for added flavor. It is also used in Khakhra, a very famous Indian snack. Fenugreek is also used for the purpose of digestive ailments and they are used as a hair conditioner as well. Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants native to southern Europe and Asia. After purchasing, fenugreek can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to six months.

Fenugreek seed is the ripe fruit of an annual herb. This robust herb has light green leaves, is 30-60 cm tall and produces slender, beaked pods, 10-15 cm long, each pod contains 10-20 small hard yellowish brown seeds, which are smooth and oblong, about 3mm long, each grooved across one corner, giving them a hooked appearance. Fenugreek is a native of South Eastern Europe and West Asia, now cultivated in India, Argentina, Egypt and Mediterranean countries (Southern France, Morocco and Lebanon). 

In India it is grown extensively in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. It is a cold season crop and is fairly tolerant to frost and very low temperature. It is best suited to tracts of moderate to low rainfall and is sown in all types of soil but perform better in loam and clayey loam with proper drainage. It can also be grown on black cotton soils.

Growing sesame is during October and February and is grown in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The major importers of Indian fenugreek are Saudi Arabia, Japan, Malaysia, USA, The UK, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Specification for Fennugreek Seeds (HS CODE: 09109912)

Type: Machine Cleaned / Machine cleaned Sortexed
Purity: 97% /98%/ 99%
Odour: Celery and bitter
Colour: Caramel to light yellow
Moisture: 5% to 7% max
Green Seeds: 2% max
Total ASH: 10% max
Acid insuluble ASH: 1.25% max
Flavour: Aromatic sweet
Salmonella: Absent/25 gms
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