alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts, or lucerne, are soaked in water and allowed to sprout over several days. Sprouts have a crunchy texture with a sweet and nutty taste. They are a source of vitamin C and zinc.

Alfalfa sprouts can be added to sandwiches, salads, or sprinkled atop dishes. Sprouting alfalfa usually takes three to four days with one tablespoon of seed yielding up to three full cups of sprouts. If you want to sprout seeds, make sure they are fresh and washed thoroughly with water before use. The FDA has made recommendations for both growers and consumers on how to avoid contamination.