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The New Herb On The Block ~at least for Sage Hill~

Tiny and deliciously green with flowers that resemble purple clover, it is a beautiful pasture forage crop that is believed to have originated in the Middle East. Now the United States is the leading producer of Alfalfa, however, it can be found in many places including the Middle East, South Africa and Argentina to name a few. It is also known as Purple Medic, Trefoil and Lucerne and grew in popularity due to its hardy nature, soil replenishing nature and its use as cattle feed.

As a cattle feed, it can be harvested as hay or made into silage or left for pasture and is used because of its nutritive value being an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. It is also a popular choice in crop rotations as it restores nitrogen to the soil preparing the ground for new crops of corn and other grain crops.

It is becoming more widely used for human consumption for the same nutritive values. Sprouts are used in salads and sandwiches and a tea can be made as a supplement as well as a natural treatment for several issues, it encourages the appetite, aids in the prevention of water retention and relieves the stress of arthritis symptoms. An ounce of the herb will make a quart of tisane...this can be taken as tea through out the day.

The sprouts are commonly eaten as part of a sandwich or toppings for salads. Alfalfa offers a host of vitamins and minerals that are much needed for human and plant life.

The tea can be made by steeping 1 ounce of dried herb in a quart of boiling water for 10 minutes.

You can also add a few drops of concentrate into your favorite herbal tea and get all the health benefits.

The herb can also be made into a special brew to be used to create a natural effective fertilizer for rose bushes as it adds nutrients to the soil and corrects nitrogen imbalances giving you beautiful roses.

News Worthy Of Your Time~

In a decision handed down here today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has re-affirmed its previous decision upholding a nationwide ban on the planting of genetically-engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa pending a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Court determined that the planting of genetically modified alfalfa can result in potentially irreversible harm to organic and conventional varieties of crops, damage to the environment, and economic harm to farmers.

Read the full article here: http://truefoodnow.org/2009/06/25/federal-court-upholds-ban-on-genetically-engi neered-alfalfa/

You Asked....

What are good sources of Iron?

Men and post-menopausal women need about 10 milligrams of iron daily, and pre-menopausal women need 15 milligrams. It’s not a large number, but it is an important mineral.

There are two basic sources of iron: heme and non-heme. “Heme” sources are those of animal origin. “Non-heme” refers to vegetable sources. Some experts say that the iron in vegetables and fruits is not as easily absorbed by the body.

Here are two lists of the top sources of iron – a list of ten heme sources and ten non-heme sources.

Heme Sources

1. Oysters - One-half cup of oysters has 8 milligrams of iron.

2. Steamed Clams - Four ounces of steamed clams have 3 milligrams of iron.

3. Venison - A 4-ounce serving of venison has 8 milligrams of iron.

4. Liver - Both chicken and beef liver are high in iron. Four ounces of chicken liver has 10 milligrams of iron, and the same amount of beef liver has 6.5 milligrams. Calf’s liver has 16 milligrams per 4-ounce serving.

5. Beef - In a 4-ounce serving, beef contains 3.5 milligrams of iron.

6. Lamb - Cooked lamb has almost 2 milligrams of iron per 4-ounce serving.

7. Eggs - One whole chicken egg has 1 milligram of iron.

8. Chicken - Cooked chicken has almost 2 milligrams of iron per 4-ounce serving.

9. Turkey - 4 ounces of dark turkey meat has 2.5 milligrams of iron, and white turkey meat has 1.6 milligrams.

10. Pork - 4 ounces of pork contain 1 milligram of iron.

Non-Heme Sources

1. Lentils - Four ounces of cooked lentils have 3 milligrams of iron.

2. Barley - This pearly grain may not seem like a likely iron source. But 4 ounces have 2 milligrams of iron.

3. Spirulina - This blue-green algae is high in iron – just 1 teaspoon has 5 milligrams.

4. Pumpkin Seeds - Save those seeds from your fall use of pumpkins; they contain almost 4 milligrams of iron per ounce.

5. Beans - Half a cup of cooked beans has anywhere from 3 - 4.5 ounces of iron, depending on the type of bean. Soy beans are highest in iron, followed by white and pinto beans.

6. Quinoa - A cup of this tiny, cooked grain contains 6.3 milligrams of iron.

7. Blackstrap Molasses - A tablespoon of this sweet syrup contains around 3.5 milligrams of iron.

8. Brussels Sprouts - One cup of these little cabbage-like vegetables has almost 2 milligrams of iron.

9. Potato - A large potato has a little over 3 milligrams of iron. This includes the skin.

10. . Raisins - A heaped half a cup of raisins has 2 milligrams of iron.

Table Tips~

Fall is in the air (well, sometimes); it is lurking just around the bend....I promise~

This is my Table Tip for an upcoming open house for Sage Hill customers and friends.

I will use sprigs of rosemary about 6" long, trimmed to a narrow look.

Use small pieces of fallish colored ribbon to attach a tea bag filled with a Sage Hill blend to the rosemary sprig.

These will be arranged down the center of the table for each person to take as they depart.

The tea bag of course will deliver a delicious cup...and the rosemary can be left on the counter or simmered in a small pot for a yummy aroma through-out the home.

Whatever your business is, I bet you can integrate this lovely idea.

August Table Tip

Recipe for Alfalfa Fruit and Nut Salad~

1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup mandarin orange segments
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or slivered almonds
1/2 cup (or more) alfalfa sprouts
Raspberry vinaigrette to taste (optional)

Place shredded lettuce in bowl. Top with mandarin orange segments, alfalfa sprouts, and sunflower seeds or slivered almonds. Toss together with some raspberry vinaigrette if you like, but the juicy mandarin oranges and fresh-tasting alfalfa sprouts may well eliminate the need for dressing.

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Contemplating an early fall season~

Bea Kunz