Fenugreek is predominantly used in Indian cuisine and can be used fresh or dried for spice (think curry powder)! Fenugreek microgreens are a bit bitter, spicy, & nutty all at once. From our experience with this beautiful Hamama crew, you’re either a lover or hater of fenugreek microgreens lol! No matter what, it doesn’t hurt to try it once and see which camp you’re in! Let us know if you’re Team Fenugreek or not - we can’t wait to hear what you think!
Oftentimes these little fenu-greens can be a little confusing to watch grow - they’re definitely very different from all the other Hamama microgreens! It takes a bit longer to sprout up and balloon the Seed Quilt than other varieties, its seeds typically don’t fall easily from the leaves, and the more golden-brown color can be surprising to first-time fenugreek growers.
Day 1- Planting your Fragrant Fenugreek Seed Quilt
For setup, just follow the regular simple Hamama instructions like you always do! Here is an electronic version of our instructions if you need a quick refresher.
The initial soak is always the most important step in the process as it provides the seeds in your quilt with the water to jumpstart the germination process. You want to first add water (filtered is best) to the fill line which is about 3 cups of water. Then you want to add the quilt! To ensure that it is adequately soaked, be sure to hold it down long enough for the quilt to turn a shade darker (10-30 seconds). A good trick is to flick the seed quilt! If the seeds roll around in their pods, that is a good sign it is too dry and could soak for just a touch longer. After the soak, you want to be sure that the quilt is properly propped on the tray's bottom ribs so that neither side of the quilt is dipping into the water. You also want to be sure the seed pockets are not underwater after the dunk! Here are some extra watering tips!
Fenugreek seeds are larger than most other microgreen seeds, so just be extra sure to really soak this quilt sufficiently.
Day 2- The cover starts puffing!
Seeds are germinating slightly as you can see the Seed Quilt has started to “puff up” a bit! Right on track.
Day 3- The paper top is starting to separate!
Day 4-Still goin’!
Not many changes to note here yet! Soon we will be able to remove the paper top so that they can get the airflow and light they need to continue growing!
Day 5- Almost ready for “peel” day!!
The seeds have germinated more and have pushed up against the paper on the edges. The coconut mat is separating a bit from the seed quilt, but resist fussing with it! Those healthy fuzzy roots under there will be just fine!
Day 6- PEEL DAY!
Our little friends are showing their green/gold colors! (Any other Green Bay Packers fans out there?) I carefully peeled the top as to avoid pulling the roots up.
Think you see mold? It is likely just fuzzy/furry, white ROOT HAIRS! These are commonly mistaken for mold due to their similar appearance, but they are totally safe & healthy (and way cuter than mold 😉).
Day 7- What a HUGE difference a day makes!
Look at the height of these greens already! Measuring about 2 inches at this point. I added a touch more water again at this point because it’s winter here in Milwaukee and the heat has been making the air for my greens particularly dry. I added about 1 cup more water so the water was up to the ridges on the bottom of the tray, but not all the way back up to the fill line.
Day 8- Getting taller and taller!
At this stage, they don’t look like they are necessarily “thriving” like some of the other thicker & greener micros. Don’t worry - this is normal - just be patient & hang in there! :)
Day 9- Color is now a brighter green while the seed hulls attached mostly remain a golden hue.
They are about 4 inches tall at this point! So close to harvesting!
The seeds stuck on top of the grown microgreens are the “hull” - this is normal! Lots of people like leaving the hulls and enjoy the extra crunch. If you prefer to remove them, you can move the greens around in a bowl of cool water after harvesting. This should make most of the seeds detach. Properly dry the greens on a paper towel after removing from the water then use or store as desired! Another tip for removing them is to “pet” the tops of the greens to loosen occasionally. Ensure your hands are washed when handling, just like any other food item!
When growing fenugreek, you can supplement your regular indoor ceiling lighting with a desk lamp for a few hours per day after you peel the cover if you’d like to see juicier, lusher leaves for aesthetic reasons! This addition would let those leaves bush out a bit more and also help loosen the seed hulls if you don’t like those!
Day 12 (Nothing notable for the previous 2 days)- HARVEST DAY!
I harvested my fenugreek greens on day 12 and they were about 5 inches tall. As you can see, I got a nice lush & tall harvest. They really could be harvested a bit sooner, at the recommended day 10 or when they reach about 4 inches tall.
How to eat your fenugreek microgreens:
Check out some of our personal favorite recipes for this unique microgreen here!:
Storing your Fenugreek Microgreens:
If you find you can’t use all of your fresh Fenugreek microgreens right away, you can freeze or dry them for later use! To freeze, simply place your harvested microgreens in a tupperware or a baggie (like the Stasher bag!) and store in the freezer for later use in smoothies, stir fries, or curries! To dry, spread your microgreens on a sheet and bake at the lowest temperature setting for 20 minutes. Then mix into sauces, use for tea, or sprinkle on top of dishes as a curry-like spice!
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