ALFALFA

ALFALFA:

Also Known As:Buffalo Grass, Chilean Clover and Lucerne (British) 

HISTORY:

In the USA, sprouts of the herb are sprinkled over salad to increase flavor. Spain was first to introduce it to America.

This plant has been used by farmers all over the world to feed cattle. The Chinese enjoy preparing the leaves of this herb to eat as a vegetable.

PREPARATION:

Use the sprouts to dress up salads. Alfalfa capsules and tablets are sold at herbal outlets and natural food stores. Follow the directions on the packaging.

When used as a bulk herb, prepare an infusions using 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Enjoy up to 3 cups daily. The taste of alfalfa is similar to chamomile tea with a slight bitter after taste and has a hay-like aroma.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Alfalfa is a deep-rooting, bushy perennial that grows up to 3 feet and resembles a tall clover. Growing your own is very easy. They bloom from May through October. Colors range from pale blue, lavender or yellow. Loamy soil prepared with manure and rock phosphate or clay is used for planting. Sow seeds in rows that are about 18 inches apart.

Water plants regularly when they are young. As they mature, they become more drought tolerant. Harvest plants as they bloom. Cut them within 3 inches from the ground. Be sure to hang them for drying.