No hits in the forum on Lupini or lupine for human food.
Pros: All the benefits of lupine- flowers, butterflies, Nitrogen fixing, perennial, PLUS you can eat the beans, which contain all the essential aminoacids, so it is one of the few vegan perfect proteins.
Cons: Wild lupin beans contain toxic alkaloids and must soaked or brined before consumption. Cultivated "sweet" lupines can be pollinated by wild and produce high alkaloid beans.
I have eaten them at a restaurant and quite enjoyed them. Would it be reasonable to try and grow these to fill a significant portion of my family's protein needs? Has anyone grown these for food on a small scale?
Lupine like well drained soil.
I live in a area with alot of silt and clay so Lupines not an option.
If you do not have Lupines and have good draining soil than why not grow it as a percentage of your grains
This assumes that your area does not have tons of wild Lupines.
Looks like if you have a isolation distance of 100 meters you should be ok. See link below.
My soil is a mix of sand and clay, wild lupine does grow in the area but not in huge quantities, most are probably garden escapes. Thanks for that Australian gov link. I am super happy to read that lupine is used as a heavy part of fish diet, for salmon and trout. Also I wouldn't rule out lupine based on your soil type, they are pretty tolerant once established and in that packet you posted it lists L. luteus as adapted to transient waterlogging.
The three varieties commonly grown in Australia as "sweet" are augustifolius, luteus, and alba. All 3 varieties can be purchased as seed in the US but I know that alba and luteus are generally considered as bitter and need to be treated before human consumption. Kinda confused by all the cultivars within the same species. I would most likely debitter any seeds I would eat just to be safe, but I would like to start out with a low alkaloid seed also.
Here in Portugal we eat a lot of Lupinus Albus, normally as a snack mix with peanuts and beer. I sowed them last Autumn as a green manure in my farm and took some to eat and they are a great protein food.
Sure they are unfit to eat raw but the preparation it's not that hard or time consuming.
Lupinus Luteus are normally given to animals but i never heard about them for human consumption.
Normally i leave them in water for the night, at lunch time i cook them for 30-60 min and after that i just change water every 4h for 3-4 days and keep adding a lot of salt. I guess you can pretty much prepare them as you wish, salt, spices....etc
I would like to ask this same question. One question is whether the cultivars have bred out the alkaloids. Hopefully not through hybridization, I mean I like the idea of a consistent strain. The flower of this plant looks amazing with the seeds so convenient to harvest being bundled together requiring only a handy pair of scissors. Other interests of mine are nectar quality for honey bees. I tell you what though, Youtube is a great source of information.
Those who hammer their swords into plows will plow for those who don't!
I know this is an old post, but I wanted to leave a warning on lupin for anyone with a peanut allergy. Lupin can cause a cross-reaction in people who are allergic to peanuts, so if you grow them, please share that warning with anyone you share lupin with for consumption. I had hoped to plant some lupin in my own yard, but my son is very allergic to peanuts, so I had to cross them off my list. Here is a warning out of Canada:
I grow "sweet" lupini, which seems to mean that they are slightly less nasty bitter than the wild strains. And the amount of soaking required for edibility is outrageous. So I put them in the category of famine food.