Alfalfa, no it is not a little rascal. Is what we will be discussing today. Alfalfa is actually a flowering plant in the pea family. Alfalfa is also know as a herb, that has been used to makeherbal remedies.
Well it is a high in protein, calcium, plus other minerals, vitamins food source that most people don’t readily think about when it comes to food storage. I will admit, I never thought of it until I started researching legumes. So you are not alone when it comes to adding alfalfa to your food storage.
People have been using the alfalfa as an herbal remedy for years. the leaves, sprouts, and seeds are the most common parts of the plant that are used to make medicinal remedies.
Alfalfa Cultivation & Uses
Cultivated of alfalfa is an important forage crop in the US and many other countries. Alfalfa has been cultivated by humans since at least the 4th century. In most climates, alfalfa is cut three to four times a year, but it can be harvested up to 12 times per year in Arizona and southern California.
Alfalfa’s high protein content and highly digestible fiber, make it a excellent feed for dairy cows, which is its primary use, secondarily for beef cattle, horses, sheep, and goats.
Alfalfa is also eaten by people as sprouts that can be added to salads, sandwiches, etc. Alfalfa shoots are eaten as a vegetable, the seeds eaten, and the leaves used in making tea, are just some of the many ways that you can use alfalfa. Alfalfa can come in different types such as; tablets, powders and tea.
So as it is not widely known, alfalfa can be added to your home storage and become one of those little secrets that will be beneficial to your family.