Essential Spice Fenugreek is native to South Asia and Southeastern Europe but is now widely cultivated elsewhere, including North and East Africa, China, Greece and Ukraine. Fenugreek is a lesser-known spice from the pea family and has many culinary uses. This seed is sweet yet bitter with a hint of maple and pairs well with cardamom, cloves, cumin, fennel, and turmeric. Fenugreek can be added to curries, breads, and chutneys. Season vegetables and pot roasts. Dry roast seeds to bring out an aromatic, sweet flavor.