Alfalfa has a crisp texture and light flavour. The long, silvery shoots are topped with small leaves that are usually deep green. Alfalfa is wonderful in salads or when used in place of lettuce on sandwiches. It is highly nutritious and has grown in popularity as an ingredient in smoothies and juices.
Choose alfalfa that is free from brown tinges. It should look and smell fresh and have a crisp texture. Store alfalfa in a paper bag in the fridge for four to five days.
Serving Suggestions: Start the day with an alfalfa smoothie for a boost of energy and nutrition. Throw a large handful of alfalfa in the blender and add one cup orange juice, two cups fresh pineapple chunks and one banana. Blitz until smooth and enjoy. For frozen smoothies, freeze the pineapple and banana ahead of time.
Alfalfa tea has been used medicinally for centuries and is thought to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, stimulate the immune system, calm an upset stomach and aid in calcium absorption. To make alfalfa tea, boil several alfalfa leaves or spouts for thirty minutes. Add lemon grass or fresh mint at the end of cooking to give the tea more flavour.