White Lupin

Lupinus albus

Egyptian Lupine, European White Lupin, Mediterranean White Lupin

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The white lupin is a broad-leafed lupin. The plant is an annual cultivated for the beans produced and used as a green manure crop. The seeds (beans) have a high protein content, the highest of the pulse family with the lowest starch content. They are commonly served as a snack in Mediterranean countries.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seed pods when brown and dry, the pods are strong and might not burst open. The seeds can then be soaked and eaten.

Propagation

Seed

Soak seed for 24 hours before in situ planting in mid spring or autumn, germination within 14 days.

Special features

Crop rotation

As legumes they provide nitrogen to the soil, thus planted after heavy feeding crops or first in rotation.

Special features

Origin

Europe, Asia, Africa, Mediterranean regions

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Taken internally are said to be anthelmintic, diuretic and emmenagogue.

Edible

The dried seeds (beans) are soaked in salted water or sea water for 2 to 3 hours and eaten raw.

Personality

Family

Fabaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Slugs, mildew, leaf spot

Companion plants

Lupins will benefit all plants that like nutrients. Plant before or alongside heavy feeders like brassicas.
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