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The Story of Alfalfa Microgreens

Alfalfa is one of the extremely nutritious microgreens that we can identify. The Arabic word Alfalfa means “Father of All Foods” since they are highly nutritious. Although this is a very nutritious food to consume, most people do not use this as human food. Alfalfa is commonly grown in the world as a forage crop to feed. animals.

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But as a microgreen, we can obtain so many benefits from alfalfa. Today we are going to talk about these precious tiny little alfalfa microgreens.


How to Grow?


Step 1 – Soaking as the first step, alfalfa seeds are needed to be soaked for about 8-12 hours. Soaking is crucial for the germination process of alfalfa seeds. 70F room temperature is better and avoidance of direct sunlight would be much better. For 2-3 days, seeds should be rinsed and drained twice a day.


Step 2 – By 3-4 days, seeds starts to germinate. But the rinse and drain water process should be continued in every 8-12 hours for another 2-3 days. Approximately twice a day.


Step 3 – By about 6 days, deep green leaves open. It’s the time for harvesting. If you are willing to store these microgreens, de-hulling is needed. To de-hull, microgreens are rinse in a bowl of cool water and loose the hull by hand. Excess water can be removed with the hulls that came to the water surface.


Ways to Eat Alfalfa Microgreens


Alfalfa microgreens give a crunchy and mild flavor to your foods. You can incorporate alfalfa microgreens into your salads, sandwiches, tacos, pizza, soups, etc. Simply you can just use them as a salad itself since they are flavorful. Also as a filling ingredient, this is a great choice. This addition will make your dish looks extra gourmet. For those who have appetite losses, this will be a great solution.

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Alfalfa microgreens are rich in vitamin (A, B6, B1, C, E, and K), protein, calcium, potassium, carotene, iron, zinc. Since these little greens helps to reduce breast cancer risk, osteoporosis, menopause symptoms, excessive menstrual, blood glucose and cholesterol levels, alfalfa microgreens are highly popular among women. Also they relieve ulcers, strengthen the skeleton and muscular system of the body.


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