Botanical name: Medicago Sativa (Pea Family)
Also known as Lucerne in South Africa
Alfalfa is a fine, golden coloured, quick sprouting seed and probably the best known sprout in health circles. It produces a deep green leaf that has a delicious mid flavour plus great nutritional properties.
Nutritional Value: Alfalfa is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol, and a good source of Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Selenium, also a very good source of Dietary Fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. Alfalfa sprouts are one of the most significant dietary sources of phytoestrogens, which have been reported to be beneficial in the fight against heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
Germination: 1-3 days depending on growing conditions.