As I'm getting ready to plant my heat loving greens for the short summer in the Phoenix area, I noticed what wild greens grow in my garden during the winter. I have a good amount of chickweed growing already. Actually it's about to set seed soon. I Already know chickweed is a great source of omega-3 and vits. Purslane will start to show itself in my garden soon as well. However, a couple years ago, I planted some alfalfa (Medicago sativa). I planted it to improve my poor desert soil. It just so happens to love the heat of Arizona, and survives the drought very well. I know that it's always been forage for livestock. I have also read of Arab peoples eating it when they saw how it refreshed their animals. I have seen alfalfa supplements out on the market. However, My question is.... If legumes as a seed are off the paleo menu; are lugume greens safe to eat?
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on March 21, 2011
at 01:02 AM
i like alfalfa. I spout it regularry. I heard it is grown as GMO in big scale.
Is alfalfa a legume. In connection with the garson theraphy i heard one coutious thing on it. I know that alfalfa has high essential minerals.
I also go foaraging and suggest it to everyone. Its cheap and full of nutrients. Much more than in farmed vegetables.
Isnt chickpeas also a legume? What about sprouted chickpeas. Chickpeas are known for their health benefits. they are eaten by blue zone people of italy.
on March 22, 2011
at 07:35 PM
I love alfalfa sprouts, with cold sliced meats, avocado, and olive oil mayo... little breadless sandwich "rollups".
However - I do tend to get some odd gastric responses from them and other legume greens... most notably gas and bloating.
Because of this, I've removed them from the "enjoy often" menu, but as a leaf and not an actual legume, I keep them in some sort of "I'll eat it sometimes" context.
on March 22, 2011
at 05:05 PM
I recently found an old book that I purchased when I was taking herbology courses. It's called nutritional herbology. Alfalfa was one of the herbs mentioned in the book. To give a short run down on the matter, it seems to be a good choice for paleo foraging. It has blood purifying properties. It's diuretic, antithrombotic, antispasmodic to smooth muscles, hypocholesterolemic, regulates intestinal flora, and is hypoglycemic. It helps to reduce blood sugar levels. It is also very high in many bits and minerals such as beta-carotene, niacin, riboflavin, vit A and C, and also protein and good fats. The book considers that a person will add this to a tea and suggests .25 to.5 cup of fresh greens. It is high in crude fiber and will do much better on the system if ingested whole. However I'm still not sure if there is an upper limits to this or not. Here in Arizona, there is only a short time in the winter when this wonderful green is not available. Chickweed is also mentioned in this book. It is higher in alot of vits and minerals to alfalfa. I certainly will be allowing it to reseed in my garden. I"d suggest looking into chickweed as a definite forage to round out your diet.