Alfalfa has been cultivated as livestock feed for hundreds of years. Alfalfa is believed to have originated in South and Central Asia, but has been grown across the world for many centuries, used for both human and animal purposes. Surprisingly, alfalfa belongs to the legume family of plants and boasts pretty purple flowers. Alfalfa is consumed both as an herbal remedy, as well as a food, most commonly in the form of sprouted alfalfa seeds. Even the word 'Alfalfa' is believed to translate to "Father of All Foods," and with its impressive nutrient profile, it lives up to the name! Historically, alfalfa was grown across the globe, thriving in even less than ideal conditions. What was so unique about alfalfa, was that it could be used as animal feed both fresh and dry. Alfalfa plants and seeds were commonly traded amongst settlers, and even among the Spanish conquistadors!
Alfalfa is also known as; Buffalo herb, Chilean clover, Feuille de Luzerne, Grand Trèfle, Herbe aux Bisons, Herbe à Vaches, Lucerne, Luzerne, Medicago, Medicago sativa, Phyoestrogen, Phyto-œstrogène, Purple Medick, Sanfoin