Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

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Alfalfa is one of the healthiest microgreens you can eat. Jampacked with nutritions, they give you a good crunch with a mild flavor. It is no wonder it has a good reputation, as the full-grown plant is used as a medical herb.

What Are Alfalfa Microgreens?

Alfalfa is part of the legume family and is also known as the lucerne plant. As a full-grown plant, it’s a beautiful purple flower and as microgreens, they have deep green leaves.

Growing period10-15 days
FlavorNutty and mild flavor with a mild crunch
Growing difficultyEasy
Preferred MediumSoil or hydroponic

Description

Alfalfa is said to originate from Central Asia and South Asia, and the plant has been grown as feed for livestock for hundreds of years. Besides providing nutrition to animals, humans have been using it as a herb with a belief of providing medical benefits.

Today the plant is grown all over the world, and it’s becoming increasingly popular to grow as sprouts and microgreens. 

General Nutrition & Benefits

Alfalfa is filled with nutritions and very is high in vitamins, especially C and K. It’s low in calories, and that makes it an excellent complement to daily meals.

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How to Grow Alfalfa Microgreens

Alfalfa microgreens are best grown in soilless mediums. These microgreens are easy to grow, and you will find that you have a batch to harvest after around two weeks.

The seeds are small, and you should sprinkle them evenly across the tray. To prevent the seedlings from weakening, you can mist them or give them water from the bottom if you are using an under-tray. You should maintain even moisture and not allow the medium to dry out.

Growing timeline (estimated)
PresoakNo
Preferred mediumSoil/Hydroponic
Avg. seed weight (10/20 tray)1 oz
Germination period (blackout)Day 1-5
Growth time (sunlight)Day 6-9
HarvestDay 10-15

Culinary Guiding

With its mild but crunchy flavor, you can add this microgreen to almost any meal. Why not add some to your sandwich, bagel, or mix in a salad.

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