Information about Legumes: Alfalfa

About alfalfa, information on the legumes, uses and production, history and location in the world.


This legume has been grown mainly as a forage crop for cattle. It is cultivated to some extent throughout the U.S., mostly in the north central and western States. It is rich in calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulfur. It contains vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, the blood-clotting vitamin. It can be taken in tablet or meal form, and the leaves can be used in tea. The tiny seeds can be sprouted and added to salads.

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