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(Lupinus mutabilis) Joe first encountered the seeds of Tarwi when he was in Ecuador in 2007, the seeds he collected were planted on Pico di Orizaba in Mexico and the plants bore incredibly well. The Tarwi Lupine is another one of the “lost”foods of the Incas. Originally cultivated only in the high andes, Tarwi is a plant supremely adapted to the stress of high altitudes-it can take drought, cold and wind and still be very productive. Nowadays agronomists and gardeners are taking a look at Tarwi for growing in other places other than the high mountains. In Denmark and Northern Europe it is being trialed as a new pulse crop. The beautiful white seeds are choc full of fats and proteins. Tarwi has been cultivated/domesticated for probably close to 2000 years. The seeds themselves cannot just be eaten without a little simple preparation. The seeds contain alkaloids that are bitter, fortunately they are quite easy to remove just by soaking and rinsing them over a few days period. In the past this noble crop of the Andes was known only by the poor indigenous peoples, today thanks to modern systems developed by engineers at INAP in Ecuador for rinsing large quantities of seeds it is now a “chic” food of the urban wealthy in Quito and gaining popularity with city folk. Our own friend john Glavis is raising Tarwi with great success on the California coast north of San Francisco. The seeds offered here are from select Ecuadorian white strains tracked down by Joe. They need a long growing season but really like cool weather too, so the Pacific Northwest coast is a great place to try them, everyone else could just give them a shot and save any seeds produced to select them to adapt to new climates. We did not mention that they also produce beautiful Lupine flowers! PLEASE NOTE: Those with soy, nut or peanut allergies may experience a similar reaction when eating edible lupines.
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What are the pros? Easy to sprout. High germ rate
What are the cons? None
I just got these and all that I put in peat pellets sprouted. Can't wait to see how it grows in Northwest Arkansas. I love all the varieties Baker Creek offers!
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