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.
Harvest seed pods when brown and dry, the pods are strong and might not burst open. The seeds can then be soaked and eaten.
Soak seed for 24 hours before in situ planting in mid spring or autumn, germination within 14 days.
As legumes they provide nitrogen to the soil, thus planted after heavy feeding crops or first in rotation.
Europe, Asia, Africa, Mediterranean regions
Soil PH preference
Taken internally are said to be anthelmintic, diuretic and emmenagogue.
The dried seeds (beans) are soaked in salted water or sea water for 2 to 3 hours and eaten raw.
Slugs, mildew, leaf spot
Lupins will benefit all plants that like nutrients. Plant before or alongside heavy feeders like brassicas.