A is for Alfalfa

This month it’s all about getting’ your green on!  As spring greens up our landscape, and our Facebook sustainability tips green up our lifestyles, adding greens like Alfalfa into our smoothies, soups, sauces and snacks can give our health a major boost.

Alfalfa Close UpAlfalfa is one of the ingredients we are able source locally, from farmers right here in Northern Nevada.  It is similar to wheat and barley grass (items we’ve featured in our blog earlier this month) in that it’s nutrient-dense and antioxidant rich.

Alfalfa Powder Nutrition LabelAlfalfa is rich in saponin, a component that combines with alfalfa’s fiber to act as a binding agent and provide certain circulatory health benefits.  Containing eight essential digestive enzymes and amino acids, an alfalfa supplement can help with maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

alfalfa root depthBesides the incredible health benefits of this plant, Alfalfa has a great backstory as well.  “Alfalfa” is an Arabic word meaning “Father of All Plants-” quite the label!

As a legume (and not a grass), this plant sends roots up to 30 feet deep to find inaccessible nutrients, which it brings to the surface to share with the other plant friends in its ecosystem.  Like all legumes, Alfalfa stores nitrogen in small nodes along its roots, to be released as needed or when the plant has dried at the end of the season.  For this reason, Alfalfa is often used as a “cover crop-” a crop planted in a fallowed pasture that benefits the soil for the next season’s crop.

One response to “A is for Alfalfa

  1. Herbal and Ayurvedic Product

    Great Blog!! Alfalfa is really good for health. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome.

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