Alfalfa seeds are also known as “lucerne” in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Australia but they are scientifically known as Medicago sativa from the family Fabaceae. They are thought to have originated in south-central Asia and are believed to have first been cultivated in Iran.
- Alfalfa Seeds can be eaten either raw or sprouted.
- They are good sources of vitamins, fibre, proteins and calcium.
- They can be light brown or green in colour.
- They are rich in antioxidants.
- One tablespoon of seeds yields about three cups of sprouts.
- They can be sprouted for consumption in about 3 to 4 days.
- They can be preserved for a long while if stored in a cool, dry place.
- They have a delicious nutty flavour.
- They can also survive in various climate conditions.
Planting Requirements of Alfalfa seeds
- The soil must be well-drained and be between a pH of 6.8 and 7.5.
- After sprinkling Alfalfa Seeds on the soil, cover them lightly with dirt.
- They should be exposed to full sun.
- The soil shouldn’t be too moist.
- Alfalfa Seeds can be boiled in water to make healthy tea.
- They are commonly used to add flavour and texture to salads and sandwiches.
- They can be baked into bread and muffins.
- They are used in reducing the level of lipids in the body.
- Alfalfa is a natural source of nitrogen and it’s ideal for controlling soil erosion.