A Beginners Guide To Alfalfa Seeds and Alfalfa Sprouts
Alfalfa Seeds are small seeds about the size of a pinhead and tan in color. Often considered to be a grain it is actually a legume. Alfalfa seeds and sprouts wre originally grown in North Africa. Now it is widely cultivated in various parts of the world. Over 27 million acres of America alone are devoted to alfalfa each year.
Alfalfa sprouts are among the basic sprouts grown and can be found in almost all supermarkets. Organically grown alfalfa seed and sprouts are easilly found in most natural food stores. It’s no wonder! Pounds for pound, alfalfa sprouts are one of the most nutritious foods tha you can eat. The roots of mature alfalfa plants can reach several feet down into the soil, which helps them to collect hard to find trace elements as they go.
Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of B-complex vitamins, vitamins A, C, E and K and also contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and the trace minerals selenium and zinc. If alfalfa seeds are grown in indirect light, their nutritional content is further enhanced by the develpment of chlorophyll.
Alfalfa sprouts are also one of the most versatile. You can use them to made salads, sandwiches, green drinks, soups and sprout loaves.
The information from this article was referenced from The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore.