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Matt Darkstar
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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?

The wikipedia article for those interested

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean
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alex Keenan
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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.

http://www.ogtr.gov.au/internet/ogtr/publishing.nsf/content/42D3AAD51452D5ECCA2574550015E69F/$File/biologylupin2013-2.pdf


Where are you buying your sweet Lupines?
 
Matt Darkstar
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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.

http://www.australiangardener.com.au/viewitem.php?productid=309

This site sells international.

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.

Does anyone have any more info on cultivars?
 
Cee Ray
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here's the only "sweet" lupin I've been able to find so far

http://www.covercropsolutions.com/products/cool-season-legumes.php

still looking for someone selling it in Canada
 
Cee Ray
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according to this study lupins have significantly more alkaloids in lower pH soils and vice versa

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ija/2012/269878/

Vitabor seems to be a good cultivar
 
Andre Lemos
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Hi Matt.

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.

Take care
 
Dawn Hoff
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In Spain we eat then too, as a snack. I don't think they are particularly delicious though - but will plant some anyways bc of their other properties.
 
Matt Darkstar
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What is your typical process for preparing them? I have only had them pickled, with some chili spices.
 
Andre Lemos
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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
 
Matt Darkstar
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That is a lot of water changing, I hope that I can find a source for sweet lupins.
 
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Matt Darkstar wrote:

Does anyone have any more info on cultivars?


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.

 
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Did you see these? http://www.rareseeds.com/store/flowers/lupine/edible/
 
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