Alfalfa is one of the most popular sprouts, less commonly known as lucerne—a legume. It is a very fine, short sprout with a pale green stalk and fresh green tip. The sprouts have a fresh crisp taste and are often combined with other sprouts, such as radish and onion.
Alfalfa sprouts are usually harvested after 1–2 days when length is 2.5–3.8cm.
Postharvest storage temperature
Sprouts should be cooled immediately and held at 0°C. Vacuum-cooling, hydro-cooling and forced-air cooling are common methods.
Controlled atmosphere storage
No further information available.
Sprouts produce little ethylene.
Sprouts should be stored at 95–100% relative humidity.
Disease & infection
Development of decay, sliminess and musty odours are symptoms of deterioration.
Alfalfa sprouts have a high water content so are best enjoyed raw. Try throwing them in a smoothie to add extra nutrients.