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(Lupinus albus) Most gardeners in North America don’t know very much about this treasure of a food producing plant. Not only is Lupinus albus a world class pulse crop…it has been continuously cultivated for more almost 2500 years in Egypt and the Mediterranean. Today in Italy the cultivation of large seeded varieties is popular and throughout Italy “Lupini Beans” are offered as snacks in bars and before meals. Lupines are generally recognized as “inedible” by American gardeners. This variety and others that we are offering for the first time this year are domesticated- cultivated crops. They should be planted as early as the ground can be worked. Lupines thrive in the cooler weather of early spring. Joe does not know how long these will take to produce ripe seed, however, from 3-4 months is probably the average. Good fertile soil is important. If you grow these well you will also be rewarded with beautiful flowers! The preparation of the final harvest is quite easy--the seeds are soaked for a day or two with water changes to leach out bitterness and the seeds are salted and enjoyed. Lupine seeds are extremely nutritious and have up to 50 protein content!
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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Delicious
What are the cons? I have to wait!
I just requested notification by email when more seed is available. I never imagined I would run across these delicious treats! In the 1950's and early 60's I visited my cousins in the "Little Italy" neighborhood of Chicago. Street vendors came through to sell goods of all types to the housewives, who shouted their orders out the windows. The Lupine man was the one the kids ran to. They have a rubbery skin, which is bitten off at the top. The interior part of the bean is then easily squeezed into the mouth. They are tender, crunchy, salty and they have a delicious flavor. I adored these treats....and I was a child who was picky and ate very little, but, these were FUN!
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? easy to start
What are the cons? none, yet
Can anyone tell me if these are grown like bush beans or pole beans? My seeds have broken ground and I'm excited to see them grow :o)