The curry leaf tree, a native to India which grows wild as far as northern Thailand and is cultivated in Malaysia. Sprigs from the leaf contains 12-16 small leaves which have a distinctive fragrance, described by some as resembling anise. Thanks to the culinary influence of migrant Indians, curry leaves are added, along with other powdered spices, to fish curries prepared by all ethnic groups in Singapore & Malaysia.The flavor of curry leaf is maximized when fried, and a combination of brown mustard seeds, curry leaves and broken dried red chili is fried in a little oil and added at the last minute to a number of southern Indian lentil dishes. The roots, bark & leaves of the curry tree are used medicinally both internally & externally.


Curry leaf plants may be grown from either cuttings or seed. The seeds need to be planted in potting soil and keep them damp but not wet. They will need a warm area of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate.

You can also use fresh curry leaves with petiole or stem and start a plant. Growing curry leaf tree in the home garden is only advisable in areas without freezes. Curry leaf plant is frost tender but it can be grown indoors. Plant the tree in a well drained pot with good potting mix and place in a sunny area. Feed it weekly with a diluted solution of seaweed fertilizer and trim the leaves as needed.