The scent of fenugreek is reminiscent of a hay field. One of the plant's common names is "Greek hay" because of this trait. When tasted, the ground seed imparts a bitter, earthy, celery-like and nutty flavor, with one surprising note: the flavor we recognize as maple. It's a strong enough resemblance that extract of fenugreek is used in the production of artificial maple syrup. Fenugreek is a common ingredient in Indian cuisine, and is also found in North African and Middle Eastern dishes.