(Lupinus affn. angustifolius) Joe believes that Ludmilla is a variety of Lupinus angustifolius. This smaller seeded species is commonly cultivated and has been for about 1500 years or more in Egypt and Northern Africa. Although these edible Lupins are commonly cultivated in the Mediterranean and also Eastern Europe most gardeners in North America don’t know very much about this treasure of a food producing plant. Lupinus angustifolius (with blue flowers) is an important crop that needs to be promoted all over the world. In the middle east and northern Africa Lupines are eaten as a part of the meal or as an appetizer. They are generally soaked in water for a day or so and rinsed several time before being soaked in brine or salted. They are soaked because they have bitter properties and the soaking leaches out this bitterness. Lupins are generally recognized as “inedible” by American gardeners who are only familiar with very bitter floral species. . This variety and others that we are offering for the first time this year are domesticated- cultivated food 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! Lupine seeds are extremely nutritious and have up to 50 percent protein content! As mentioned the flowers are worthy of cultivation alone making this a great plant to try out for food or flowers! PLEASE NOTE: Those with soy, nut or peanut allergies may experience a similar reaction when eating edible lupines.