Fenugreek has grown in the Mediterranean region and Western and Southern Asia from earliest times to the present. The name comes from the Latin -meaning "Greek hay." The seeds have a faint curry flavor and a bitter, peppery aftertaste. Fenugreek is used in Indian curries. Curries for lamb and beef absolutely require fenugreek for balance. In the Middle East, it is ground to a paste for vegetable dishes, and used in sweet, halvah.