Alfalfa is found worldwide and most likely
originated in the middle east. Alfalfa is grown in almost every
state in the US and can survive temperature extremes of -25 to over 50
degree centigrade. It will go dormant under severe drought
conditions and usually resumes growth when conditions improve.
Alfalfa Seeds are One of the most popular
and nutritious sprouting seeds.
Alfalfa sprouts have a sweet, nut-like
flavor and quite tasty. Alfalfa sprouts are what people typically
think of when you mention sprouts. They are the ones you commonly see
at salad bars.
They stimulate cell activity, which
strengthens the immune system. Alfalfa sprouts are a source of
another compound known as saponins. Saponins lower the bad
cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Saponins
also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural
killer cells such as T- lymphocytes and interferon. The saponin content of
alfalfa sprouts multiplies 450% over that of the un-sprouted seed.
Sprouts also contain an abundance of highly active
antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and protect us from the ongoing
effects of aging.
Sprouting alfalfa seeds at home is easy and
can be done with minimal effort and equipment.