Alfalfa - (Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa herb

This herb is a perennial and is also called Buffalo herb. The plant has small purple-violet flowers that bloom from July to September and the leaves are growing in groups of three. Alfalfa can grow up to 3 feet high. Alfalfa's roots can grow as deep as 20 feet.

Alfalfa is rich in the green plant pigment chlorophyll, protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals.

The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. You can also try to add powdered alfalfa so salads or soups.

Parts used: Leaves, flowers.

Don't use if you have an autoimmune problem. Don't use if you are taking blood thinning agents. Don't eat the seeds since they contain high levels of the toxic amino acid canavanine.

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