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 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 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.
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.