Saturday, December 5, 2015

Seedy Saturdays- Wild Lupin

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Let's keep the reminiscing of warmer weather going shall we?

The lupin is a flowering plant from the legume family and has over 200 species.  The seeds of this plant, commonly called lupin beans, were cultivated by the Roman Empire, thus popular with the Romans to be used as a green manure, forage or for their seeds as a substitute for soybeans.  Lupin seeds are considered to be superior to soybeans in certain applications, as they have similar protein amounts, but less fat.  They are also gluten-free, high in dietary fiber, amino acids and antioxidants and are considered a prebiotic. 

Like other legumes, lupin is great for turning nitrogen into fertilizer for other plants. This adaption allows lupins to be tolerant of infertile soils and capable of pioneering change in barren and poor-quality soils. They can be good companion plants in gardens, because of their ability to increase the soil nitrogen for vegetables and other plants and are also used as ornamental plants in gardens.  

Have a great week!

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