Alfalfa, also called Lucerne, the oldest of our cultivated forage crops, is thought to have originated in southwestern Asia with Iran as the geographic center of origin. Alfalfa was first introduced to the Americas by Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors. Meeting with idyllic conditions in Mexico and Peru, the lucerne plant thrived and spread to Chile, Argentina, and finally to Uruguay by 1775.
Alfalfa is a perennial plant grown worldwide. It looks like a clover. But it can grow to a height of 60-90 cm. It blooms in the summer with purple or blue flowers. Lucerne- a well-known source of vitality with a well-developed root system. A fiber-rich plant belongs to the family of legumes.
Alfalfa sprouts grow quickly, sprouting in just three to five days. You can grow them in a glass jar or a small tray, and you only need 1 tablespoon of seeds to get 1 1/2 cups of sprouts. Soak alfalfa in warm water for 6-8 hours. After that rinse and drain 2 to 3 times per day for 3 to 5 days. After thoroughly draining the rinse water, lay the jar on its side to spread out the seeds. Do not expose to light. After 3 to 5 days the sprouts should be filling up the jar.
They are small, crunchy sprouts with a mild taste. Add lucerne sprouts to any dish to add a little crunch.