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Alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of protein, fibre and vitamins and are reported to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. They’re so easy and quick to grow and can be sprouted in a jar on your windowsill so you don’t need a garden at all. So there are lots of fantastic reasons to sprout your own nutritious alfalfa!

Yates® Alfalfa Sprouts (lucerne) can be sown throughout the year and are particularly handy as a source of tasty greenery during the depths of winter.

How to grow:

  1. Place the seed in the bottom of a wide-mouthed glass jar and soak in tepid water for about 3 hours.
  2. Cover the top of the jar with either muslin, stocking or a cotton handkerchief and hold in place with a rubber band.
  3. Strain off the water and leave the jar tilted to allow good drainage and ventilation.
  4. Place the jar on a windowsill, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  5. Fill the jar twice a day with tepid water, shake gently, then drain.
  6. In around 3-5 days, sprouts should be ready for eating and can be sprinkled over salads and stir fries.

Sprouts can be refrigerated for about one week without losing flavour, provided they are stored in an airtight container.


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