Alfalfa sprouts are ready to eat in 4–5 days.
They contain: vitamins A, B₁, B₂, B₉, C and K, magnesium, iron and copper.
Benefits: alfalfa microgreens contain a number of bioactive substances and antioxidants, whichpromote the secretion of enzymes and regulate metabolism. Alfalfa microgreens help reduce the risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, arteriosclerosis and are good for digestion. Alfalfa microgreens contain saponin. Saponin lowers the bad cholesterol, but not the good HDL cholesterol. Saponin also stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells, such as T-lymphocytes and interferon, accelerating the recovery of dead cells and tissues. There are compounds called phytoestrogens that are chemically similar to oestrogen. Phytoestrogens are controversial, but they can have a number of benefits, including the relief of menopausal symptoms caused by a decrease in oestrogen levels.
Use in: salads, sandwiches, juice, smoothies, dips or garnishing.